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BJP wants EC to probe speech by Goa priest

IANS  |  Panaji 

The BJP on Sunday wrote to the demanding a probe in a controversial delivered by a Catholic which it said could destabilize religious harmony in

In a video that has gone viral, parish of Father is heard addressing devotees at the in south and alleging that died due to cancer as a wrath of God for encouraging pollution and trying to cancel government holidays of the Catholics.

D'Silva also accused the (BJP) of harassing minorities and urged his parishioners not to vote for it.

"The said video clip depicts a addressing people within a religious institution and creating an atmosphere of hate and fear against a particular political party and a specific religion," said in a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer.

"This matter needs a thorough investigation and the said priest must be booked for spreading hate and destabilizing religious harmony," said the letter.

In the undated video, D'Silva spoke about coal dust pollution in the port town of Vasco da Gama, 35 km from Panaji.

"It (coal dust) is all over, in the food, water, houses. People protested, held morchas, meetings, but Parrikar did not pay heed. His pockets were filled. Therefore God gave him cancer," he alleged.

"Parrikar had even tried to take away school holidays. And he died in suffering. Pancreatic cancer is the worst cancer. Those who cross the path of God are invariably punished," he said.

Asked for a comment, to Fr. Loiola Pereira said: "I am aware of the video and the Bishop's House has been informed about it."

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 17:18 IST
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