Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 8: The move to ban RSS shakhas in temples in Kerala is likely to increase tensions in the state. The Kerala state government has sought an opinion from the law ministry on how to bring about a law that would ban shakhas in temples owned by the devasom boards.
Kerala's state temple affairs minister, Kadakampally Surendran said that they have been getting complaints that the temple premises are being used to store arms and also to impart training. This cannot be allowed, he also said.
This move by the government has evoked a strong response from the BJP in the state. They will not succeed in banning shakhas in temples, the BJP's Kummanam Rakasekaran said.
The BJP also says that this move only displays the insecurity of the government. "The CPI(M) ruled government understands that the BJP is a threat to them. Fearing that the BJP may make inroads into the Hindu vote bank, the government is contemplating this ban," the BJP also says.
While the government, on one hand, says that it has received several complaints about certain activities in temples, the RSS rubbishes these allegation.
The RSS says that these are mere allegations. The government, however, will seek legal opinion before it attempts to enact a law banning shakhas in temples controlled by the Devasom board.