Politicians, political parties should not be administering temples: M V Govindan

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Kannur: The ruling CPM on Wednesday said it agrees with the order of the Kerala High Court that those involved in active politics are ineligible to oversee affairs of temples.

CPM state secretary M V Govindan said temples should not be administered by politicians or political parties.

"That is our stand. What the High Court said is also our stand. Be it Congress, RSS, BJP or Marxist, none of them need to be administering or presiding over temple affairs," he said.

Govindan was speaking to reporters in the district in between the party's state-wide month-long People's Defence Rally, which began from Kasaragod on Monday.

The Kerala High Court had on Tuesday held that three persons -- two local CPM leaders and one DYFI leader -- were ineligible to be appointed as non-hereditary trustees of the Pookkottukalikavu Temple under the Malabar Devaswom Board in Ottapalam taluk of Palakkad district.

The court said the notification inviting application for appointment of non-hereditary trustees in Pookkottukalikavu Temple clearly stipulated that those with criminal cases registered against them or working in active politics were ineligible for the post.

"So persons who are actively involved in politics, whether or not they hold any post in a political party are ineligible," the court had said.

The order had come on a plea moved by some persons challenging the appointment of the three persons as trustees in the temple.

One of the appointees, who was a local office-bearer in DYFI -- the youth wing of CPM -- contended that he was not ineligible for appointment as trustee as DYFI was not a political organisation. He had also contended that members of DYFI can work in any political party.

The high court rejected the contention. "...it is stated that a member of the DYFI can work in any political party. That does not mean that the DYFI does not have any political colour," the court had said.

"Whether or not it has any affiliation to any particular political party, what is evident from the constitution of DYFI is that the area of activities of DYFI is politics and related activities. As such it cannot be said that the activities of DYFI are non political," the court further said.

Here, however, Govindan differed with the high court as he was of the view that DYFI was not a political organisation.

He contended that DYFI was a youth outfit and had no political affiliations. PTI

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