Kozhikode: Mayor Beena Philip on Monday defended her decision to attend a mothers' meet organised by Balagokulam in Kozhikode. She said that her party had not objected to her attending such an event. She also claimed that she does not feel Balagokulam was one of the subsidiaries of RSS.
During the meeting, Beena Philip said that Kerala is way behind in the child care system compared to north Indian states. Her remark was met with strong criticism from within CPM and others. However, she later clarified that she was talking about parents' approach to the needs of children and not about their health in general. She pointed out that children are treated well in North Indian states even when they are in a neighbour's house. However, that is not the case here in Kerala.
Beena Paul said that her decision to attend the meeting was to speak with mothers, and there was no element of communalism in it.