Ker­ala min­is­ter in trou­ble after vis­it­ing tem­ple, of­fer­ing prayers

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Ramesh Babu let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MANY LEAD­ERS FELT THE MIN­IS­TER’S AC­TIONS VI­O­LATED THE RECTIFICATION DOC­U­MENT AND THEY WERE NOT SUITED TO A TRUE COM­MU­NIST

The rul­ing CPI (M) will seek an ex­pla­na­tion from the Ker­ala tem­ple af­fairs min­is­ter Kadakam­pally Suren­dran who vis­ited the Sri Kr­ishna tem­ple in Gu­ru­vayur on Sri Kr­ishna Jayan­thi day and per­formed spe­cial of­fer­ings.

Party leader MV Govin­dan said the min­is­ter’s act was not fit for those who be­lieved in di­alec­tial ma­te­ri­al­ism. He said the party sec­re­tar­iat will dis­cuss the is­sue on Fri­day.

To em­bar­rass the party fur­ther, many Sangh Pari­var out­fits wel­comed the min­is­ter’s visit say­ing the party was hard­pressed to in­ject athe­ism but many lead­ers dis­creetly fol­low their be­liefs.

He also of­fered push­pan­jali (flo­ral of­fer­ing to the pre­sid­ing de­ity) and con­trib­uted money for anna danam (of­fer­ing of food). He also said his fam­ily mem­bers were staunch be­liev­ers and he never in­ter­fered with their be­liefs and cus­toms.

The min­is­ter jus­ti­fied his visit say­ing he went to the tem­ple as part of his duty to over­see ar­range­ments for the Sri Kr­ishna Jayan­thi fes­ti­val. He said peo­ple who were in­tol­er­ant to his work were un­nec­es­sar­ily whip­ping up con­tro­ver­sies. “I just did my duty,” he said.

In 2009, the party adopted a rectification doc­u­ment that laid down clear guide­lines for party work­ers on such is­sues.

One of the guide­lines was to ed­u­cate party mem­bers to es­chew all so­cial, caste and re­li­gious prac­tices that are alien to the Com­mu­nist ide­ol­ogy.

Com­mu­nist lead­ers can’t pro­fess some­thing in pub­lic life and do some­thing else in their per­sonal life, the rectification doc­u­ment said. Many lead­ers felt the min­is­ter’s ac­tion vi­o­lated the rectification doc­u­ment and it was not suited to a true Com­mu­nist.

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