George Ponniah, a priest and guide to an NGO Jananyaga Christhuva Peravai Amaipu in Kanniyakumari, has apologised after his alleged provocative remarks on the Hindu faith and beliefs created a stir on social media.
Ponniah additionally reportedly criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and House Minister Amit Shah. Following this, Hindu organisations conchenndemned his speech and demanded arrests. Near 30 complaints had been filed in Kanniyakumari and plenty of in different districts of Tamil Nadu.
Ponniah, in the meantime, stated a two-minute video was edited out of his speech throughout the assembly convened to pay homage to activist Stan Swamy and unfold on social media giving it a community-slander angle.
“By watching that edited video, many individuals have misconstrued that I spoke in opposition to Hindu faith and beliefs. I and the individuals who spoke on the assembly by no means stated something of that kind. If in any respect our speech had harm the feelings of my Hindu brothers and sisters, I wholeheartedly apologise for it. I want to say to my loving Hindu brothers and sisters, that even sooner or later, I’ll by no means move such feedback,” he stated.
Based on reviews, on July 18, in Arumanai city in Kanniyakumari district, a gathering was convened by minority organisations in reminiscence of Stan Swamy. Talking on the occasion, George Ponniah alleged that the Tamil Nadu minority welfare ministry and minority fee had been denying minorities from conducting prayer conferences.
Ponniah stated he had toiled onerous together with many minority organisations to win DMK votes within the latest state elections however after coming to energy, the get together appeared to have ignored them.
“We campaigned in areas the place politicians weren’t in a position to enter. We urged everybody to vote for DMK and stated our miseries can be gone if DMK got here to energy, however inside 60 days after this authorities assumed cost, we had been made to protest for our rights. Earlier than elections, they promised to safeguard our rights. The votes they [DMK] received are alms offered by the minority communities,” he stated.
Ponniah slammed Hindu Non secular and Charitable Endowments Board Minister Sekar Babu, IT Minister Mano Thangaraj amongst others for his or her actions which had been alleged to be in favour of the Hindu group. He additionally triggered a row along with his touch upon Bharat Mata. “We put on slippers to ensure we don’t get our toes soiled and get any illness due to Bharat Mata,” Ponniah was seen telling within the video whereas commenting on an MLA who avoids sporting slippers as a gesture of respecting Bharat Mata.
Chatting with Indianexpress.com, a police officer from Arumanai confirmed that an FIR has been registered underneath a number of sections of the IPC in opposition to George Ponniah and they’re finishing up additional investigation.