With BJP’s Kerala unit trying to cozy up to Shree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SDPY) in a bid to woo the Hindu Ezhava vote bank, the Congress and CPM have warned the community organisation against “surrendering Sree Narayana Guru (founder-president of SNDPY) before the Sangh Parivar.”
State Congress president V M Sudheeran said Tuesday that the Yogam is trying to become the guardian of RSS agenda. “The BJP is trying to gain hold in Kerala through the Yogam. The RSS agenda and the teachings of Sree Narayana Guru would not go together. The attempt of the Yogam to forge an alliance with the BJP should be viewed seriously,’’ said Sudheeran.
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CPM Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan had said Monday that the CPM has no enemity with the Yogam. “We are opposing the Yogam leadership’s attempt to take the organisation into the BJP fold. The CPM will continue to oppose the Yogam leadership till it abandons its Sangh Parivar agenda. Sree Narayana Guru is a pioneer of social reformation in Kerala. The Yogam has resorted to an approach contrary to the Guru’s teachings,” Vijayan had said.
Responding, Yogam vice-president Thushar Vellappally said the Congress and the CPM are questioning the Yogam’s identity. “They have realised the Yogam’s strength. They cannot demand that the Ezhava community should always remain loyal to them. We have no alliance with any party…,’’ he said.
He added that the backward Hindu community in Kerala has nowhere to go, adding: “If Christian leaders from CPM or Congress abandon the parties and join the Christian-dominated Kerala Congress or Indian Union Muslim League, it’s considered a homecoming. But, backward Hindus have no such option.’’
Meanwhile, the Sangh Parivar is trying to get closer to the Ezhava community, a traditional vote bank of CPM. The saffron brigade has also planned to campaign that CPM had insulted the Guru by parading a tableau on Janmashtami which showed the Guru being crucified.
RSS state general secretary Gopalankutty Master said BJP, RSS and VHP activists have been asked to participate in all functions held on September 21, the day of Sree Narayana Guru’s ‘samadi’. “We would not organise any special event, but would ensure maximum participation.’’
He said the RSS and BJP, under the banner of Hindu coordination committee, would organise 5,000 family meetings across Kerala from September 22 to October 13 to drive home the message that CPM had insulted the Guru.