THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The real political threat posed by the BJP for the existing bipolar front system even when the mainstream Congress-led UDF and CPM-driven LDF are continuing with a blame game on which side is appeasing or facilitating the growth of BJP-RSS forces, resonated on the last day of the 14th session of the 13th Assembly on Thursday.
However, the ruling front and the Opposition were united in taking stock of the alleged misinformation campaign at the instance of hardliners in the Sangh Parivar outfits in the state and the bid to create a divide among the people on communal and religious lines.
Discussions on the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Bill, 2015, saw a fierce Left attacking the government, with a charge that the proposal for a uniform Devaswom Recruitment Board for Travancore, Cochin and Malabar Devaswoms was only intended to protect the interests of forward Hindu communities and indulge in corruption on appointments to various posts. As allegations grew wild and the Opposition drawing comparisons with a Bill mooted in 2007 by the former LDF Government entrusting the recruitment process with the PSC but not implemented, the government was warned that the Act would be torn off whenever the Left government comes to power.
The dissent over the Bill was kept alive on the day, as the Opposition remained steadfast that the recruitment board would lead to social consequences.Amid differences of opinion over the Bill, all were unanimous that there is a concerted move from the side of Sangh Parivar forces with a campaign that the government is taking away all income from Hindu shrines including Sabarimala and Guruvayur and it should be exposed. C K Nanu (Janata Dal-S) and P Thilothaman (CPI) said that even when the truth is to the contrary, they found fault with the government for not coming up with any statement so far to refute it.
V S Sunil Kumar (CPI) and others found the reason for it in nothing but a UDF Government’s policy to go soft on the BJP.P C Vishnunath (Cong) pointed out that the campaign of the Sangh Parivaar groups is when the fact remains that not only a single penny is drawn to the state exchequer from the income of Hindu temples, the government is spending crores of rupees for development of such shrines through budgetary allocation every year.
Asking the Left to think over why the space enjoyed by progressive forums like the Communist doctored KPAC and other popular art forms in various programmes in temple festivals are being hijacked by a couple of rabble-rousing speakers of the Hindu Aikya Vedi now-a-days, Vishnunath said there is no two way but only one to expose the latter and conscientise the people on the communal agenda being foisted upon them.