THE CPM Mayor of Kollam, Shri N Padmalochanan recently inaugurated the karyalaya of RSS Mahasangik at Ashramam Grounds, Kerala. He lighted the lamp in front of the photographs of Doctorji and Guruji.
Shocked by the act, the CPM hit back by saying he has challenged the ideological and political positions of the party. The Kollam CPM would soon meet to discuss the matter.
Padmalochanan has dared the CPM and retorted back by saying, that as Mayor, he belongs not only to CPM but to the entire district. “When a major event, in which more than three lakh people are participating, it is my duty as the town’s father to provide all amenities and stand by them. The RSS has cleaned the ground, which was in a dilaphilated condition. Why didn’t the party protest, when CPM secretary Pinarayi Vijayan shared dais with Madhani or when CPM ministers participated in the public reception to Madhani, after his release from the jail, Hasn’t Pinarayi visited the Sunni Markaz and shared dais with Kanthapuram Musaliar. Didn’t I participate in a Jamait-e-Islami function, a few months back? In CPM, if we participate in Muslim functions, no problem, if we participate in Hindu functions, we are targetted. Why ?’’, he asked his confidants.
The CPM is on the verge of collapse in Kerala. Its attempts to woo the Christian/Muslim vote banks have alienated it from the traditional Hindu support base. Former CPM MPs AP Abdullakutty, Manoj Kurishinkal (Latin Catholic) and Shivaraman (SC/ST) have gone back to the Congress. There is a heavy flow of Hindu CPM cadres to RSS/BJP as it happened in the seventies. This has given confidence to CPM leaders to defy leadership and attend RSS shakhas and programmes.
Incidentally the cleaning work at the asharam grounds was inaugurated by A Shajahan, District Collector.