Thiruvananthapuram : Veteran Communist party leader and present Devaswom Minister, Kadakampally Surendran’s visit to Guruvayur temple triggers talks within party rungs and outside.
The minister visited the famous temple on Ashtami Rohini day and is said to have offered pushpanjali seeking blessings and donation. He is also said to have offered prayers at the temple’s sacred steps and offered money for anna danam – meals for the needy.
Since CPM ministers traditionally upkeep a near-atheist secular lifestyle, Kadakampally’s visit and nature of worship has created a dilemma especially when party guidelines require elected representative to abstain from personally conducting religious rituals.
“Leading Party cadres such as leaders of state committee, district committee, zonal/area committees etc are expected to uphold progressive values in their personal and social lives. They should not organize religious ceremonies or personally conduct rituals. It is another matter that they may have to participate in social functions with religious ceremonies organized by others, especially if they are elected representatives like MLAs, panchayat members and so on” the party guideline reads.
Meanwhile BJP and Sangh Parivar have welcomed the tour to Temple and called it befitting reply to Kodiyeri and P Jayarajan’s plan to disrupt the Ashtami Rohini festival.
State leadership said they were looking into the details of the visit.