Who is Alphons Kannanthanam?

06 September, 2017, 12:09 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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On a day Alphons Kannanthanam was inducted into the reshuffled Union cabinet, wishes poured in from his home state of Kerala.

"So Mr Kannanthanam's appointment as union minister of State for tourism and IT with independent charges does not come as a surprise to many".

"Kerala is a beef-eating state".

"Parallel efforts from both Centre & state will certainly ensure successful development of Kerala".

Alphons added that though he had no great experience of the tourism sector, he would do his best to take it to new heights. Though CPI (M) had offered him a ticket to contest in the next assembly polls, he turned down the offer and later joined the BJP.


He added that the bureaucrat had joined the party fed up of the corruption in other political fronts and that the berth was a reward for his tough stance against graft. The ministership is a gift to his stand. Focusing on Kerala as part of its "Mission South" programme, the BJP-led NDA had reconstituted its Kerala unit previous year, inducting senior politician P C Thomas to the NDA central committee.

Handing over the charge of the Tourism Ministry, Sharma said Prime Minister "handpicked" Alphons for the job as he had created an image of himself "as an able administrator". "It is sure that he would give wings to the developmental dreams of the state", Kummanam said. While cow slaughter is banned in 21 States which were ruled by the BJP led Government, the Kerala High Court has refused to place a stay on the order and is one among the eight states where the beef is still consumed.

Alphons asserted that the BJP had no plans to impose a "food emergency" in any of the States including Kerala.

"Mr Kannanthanam's appointment will keep the BJP in good stead as it is well known about his close ties with all Christian bishops ranging from Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Catholic Bishop Council of India president, Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Thrissur, Jacobite, Orthodox to Pentecostal church", said another former BJP state president.

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