Staff Reporter

‘It uses dubious means to join politics'

Says it plays religion-based political games

‘Has international sources of funding'

ALAPPUZHA: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said that the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is a fundamentalist religious organisation that is trying to form a political base in the State through dubious means.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Dr. Isaac said the Jamaat-e-Islami had international connections and international sources for funding and that the organisation, which so far had no proclaimed political leanings, was now playing religion-based political games to gain public support and thereby form a political base.

The talks it held with the Indian Union Muslim League and its connections with the United Democratic Front (UDF) were proof for this, he said, adding that however, many in the IUML were against the League forming any tie-up with the Jamaat-e-Islami.

The organisation was trying means similar to those adopted by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to wriggle through into the public domain, he said, pointing out that at the same time, it was inter-linking and cooperating with various other organisations like the Solidarity with the same objective.

Earlier, in reply to a query on allegations that the Kudumbasree Mission, which is celebrating its 12th anniversary, was being used for political gains by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Dr. Isaac said the allegations could be traced to those who were trying to prop up the Janasree, a similar organisation but with open Congress leanings, and hence were baseless and ironic at the same time.