Kerala minister in trouble after visiting temple, offering prayers
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.