Govt’s stance on Sabarimala issue was correct: Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the LDF government’s stance on the Sabarimala issue was correct.
Addressing a press conference after the CPM state committee meeting, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the government could not have taken a different stance. “Gender equality is the stance adopted by the Left parties,” he added.
Both Congress and BJP had initially welcomed the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. The government is responsible for implementing the verdict. That’s all it did. But, some community organisations came forward against this. Realising that it was a golden opportunity, the Congress and BJP joined the protest. There were widespread campaigns in this regard.
It was in this situation that the government called a meeting of renaissance organisations. The women-wall was organised by renaissance safeguarding committee and it was a huge success. This demolished the RSS agenda of creating communal polarisation. However, the CPM state committee observed that the party failed to campaign effectively after January 1.
The CPM could not follow up on its efforts after January 1. Political opponent used this opportunity to create confusion. The RSS, Congress and others tried to hold door-to-door campaigns. Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened and brought national attention to the issue.
In this situation, the CPM did not do enough to counter the door-to-door campaigns by BJP and Congress. Hence, the opponents succeeded in misleading a section of the voters and they voted against the LDF. The LDF can work among the devotees and regain the belief of the people.
“There were campaigns against LDF using Whatsapp groups based on temples. The RSS adopted a stance to ensure LDF defeat even if the BJP did not succeed. The RSS tactic was to defeat CPM first,” alleged Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.