Kerala, Sep 7: CPI(M) in Kerala landed up in trouble again. This time it was for insulting religious and cultural feelings in a procession held in politically sensitive Kannur district.
The procession held by CPI(M) on Sunday, Sep 6, in connection with Sree Krishna Jayanthi in Kannur district has invited controversy.
The procession portrayed a tableau in which saint-reformer Sree Narayana Guru was seen crucified. The procession was organised by party-backed 'Balasangham'. The pictures of the tableau went viral on the social media sites and the outfits came out against CPI(M).
Besides depicting the Guru as fixed to a cross, his well-known message - "one caste, one religion and one God for mankind" - was also allegedly seen "distorted" during the procession, held on Sept 5.
Sree Narayana Dhrama Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, a prominent social organisation of numerically strong Ezhava community, founded by the Guru, condemned the CPI-M for the depiction.
Guru was a legendary social reformer who paved the way for renaissance in the state and any one who try to picturise him in poor light would have to face "strong consequences", Yogam General Secretary Vellappalli Natesan said.
Hundreds of SNDP activists staged a protest rally here last night accusing CPI(M) of having "insulted" the Guru and his ideologies. Vishwa Hindu Parishad said the CPI(M)'s attempt to "humiliate" Guru was a challenge to the Hindu community.
Meanwhile, the Kerala State Secretary of CPI(M) Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the party has not done anything to insult Sree Narayana Guru.
He also said that CPI(M) won't do anything that insults the feelings of the followers of Sree Narayana Guru. Majority of the party workers belong to SNDP yogam.
(With agency inputs)