Just two days after being sworn in, BJP Kerala State President Kummanam Rajashekharan has been criticized by CPI(M) Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan for saying that temple committees can decide whether to allow non-Hindu vendors inside temple premises or not.
Pinarayi Vijayan said in his recent Facebook post that Kummanan supports the RSS agenda in order to make Kerala a communal land. He said that RSS has many plans to harm the communal harmony in the state.
“People trade in the premises of many famous pilgrimage sites irrespective of caste and religion. Vendors who sell goods outside the worship places cannot be restricted based on their religion. Every human has the right to earn and live,” Pinarayi writes.
The veteran communist leader also criticized Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for keeping quiet at these ‘communal motives’.
“UDF does not care to enquire about the Sangh Parivar’s move to communalize Kerala. Their silence is harm to the public,” Pinarayi added.
Earlier after taking charge as the Kerala BJP President, Kummanam was asked a question on whether RSS was planning to stop vendors from other religions from operating in temple premises. To this he retorted that the temple authorities can decide on it.
There were allegations that an RSS meeting held in Kannur district had planned to vacate the non-Hindu vendors from temple premises, mainly in famous pilgrim centres, where there are several vendors from multiple religions.