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The Congress in Kerala on Monday (June 17) apologised to the Christian community a day after making a social media post in which it took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his recent meeting with Pope Francis. The post had triggered a massive political row in the state after which the party withdrew the post from its X handle.

In a fresh post on X, the Kerala unit of Congress said that it tendered an unconditional apology to the Christian community if the post caused any “emotional or psychological distress” to them.

In the explanatory post, the party further said the people in the state clearly know that it is not the tradition of the Indian National Congress to insult and disparage any religion, religious priests or idols.

The party said no Congress worker would even entertain the remotest thought of insulting the Pope, whom Christians around the world consider as God-like.

“However, the party is not hesitant to mock PM Narendra Modi, who insults the faithful of the country by calling himself God,” the post said.

In that way, people would understand the communal minds of BJP state chief K Surendran and others to portray the Congress’ attempt to mock Modi’s “shameless political games” as an insult to the Pope, it said.

Congress hits out at Kerala BJP chief

Hitting out at Surendran and other BJP leaders who triggered a row over the issue, the Congress further said their attempt was to “downgrade” the Christians as a group of people who have no self-respect and are the ones who spread communal venom as soon as they inject it.

“If there is any genuine love for the Christian community, then Modi and his cohorts, who remained silent when their churches were burned down in Manipur, should first tender an unconditional apology to the Christians,” the party added.

The BJP in Kerala on Sunday hit out at the Congress party in the state over its social media post on Modi’s meeting with Pope Francis during the G7 Summit and alleged that it’s X handle was seemingly run by “radical Islamists or Urban Naxals.”

The grand old party had earlier posted a picture of PM Modi with the Pope on its X handle along with a sarcastic comment that “Finally, the Pope got a chance to meet God!”

Irked by the post, BJP state chief Surendran had accused the Congress’ state unit of posting derogatory and humiliating content against nationalistic leaders on its social media handle.

(With PTI inputs)

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