Kodiyeri Balakrishnan made the statement in light of the criticism the party received from people during its door to door campaign.

Section of believers have misunderstood Left on Sabarimala issue CPIMs Kodiyeri FB / Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
news Sabarimala Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 09:39

On the second day of CPI(M)’s week-long house visit program, party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that a section of believers have misunderstood the Left on the Sabarimala issue. He also revealed that he was told by a section of traditional Left sympathisers during the house visits that they voted against LDF in the past Lok Sabha polls because of Sabarimala incidents.

The one week long house visit of the CPI(M), which started on Monday, will continue till July 28.

“Majority of the believers in the state are Left sympathisers, but the recent incidents surrounding the Sabarimala temple young women entry issue had created a misunderstanding among them. This was revealed by some in the house visits we made,” said Kodiyeri through the Facebook live of CPI(M) Kerala’s official page. He was answering a question posed in the live on whether the party will change its stand on Sabarimala issue in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha poll results which were against CPI(M). The questioner also wanted to know that if the party makes such a change, wouldn’t it be questioning CPI(M)’s fundamentals.

“Sabarimala temple incidents were based on Supreme Court’s order and for a state government it was only possible to implement it. Even nationally, BJP and Congress first welcomed the SC verdict which allows women of all ages to enter the temple. But then later, the parties were changing it for political gains. It is true that propaganda of theirs has created misunderstanding in a section of believers, and our later experience reveals that,” he said.

Kodiyeri also said that the house visit program was helping the party to change the misunderstandings of people. “I personally went for house visits in Thiruvananthapuram city. This is a different experience for the people as all section of leaders in the party are directly going to their houses to interact with them. This is a platform for people to interact with the party directly. This is also helping us to change misunderstandings which people have about the party on Sabarimala issue,” Kodiyeri said.

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