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    CM asks Malankara Orthodox Church factions to keep restraint Chief Minister A K Antony appealed to the warring factions of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church,
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      CM asks Malankara Orthodox Church factions to keep restraint

      Chief Minister A K Antony appealed to the warring factions of Malankara
      Orthodox Syrian Church, one of the oldest in Christendom in India, not to take
      the dispute among them to streets.

      Talking to newsmen after a meeting of state cabinet on Wednesday, he asserted
      that government was not a party to the dispute (among the Catholicos of the
      East and the faction owing allegiance to the Patriarch of Antioch on the
      question of control over 1,250-odd chruches and their properties worth crores
      of Rupees).

      He said neither Supreme Court nor High Court had ever issued any direction to
      state government with regard to this issue. "This being so, there was no
      meaning in blaming the government for not taking any step in relation to the
      dispute."

      Antony said government would certainly implement any direction if it came from
      courts.

      He said those concerned should exercise restraint and should try to find out
      solutions through the avenues available in democratic set up. Instead, issue
      should not be allowed to escalate to the level of a law and order problem.

      Antony also reminded the concerned that government would have to maintain law
      and order situation. "Under such a situation, the government and police should
      not be blamed."

      Chief Minister asked all not to pour oil to flames and restraint from making
      political gains.

      It may be recalled that Catholicos faction had announced that it would
      undertake a journey to St Mary's Church at Manarcaudu on August 31. Rival
      faction had announced that it would resist the move.

      source www.asianetglobal.com
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