The row between the Nair Service Society (NSS) and the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam appears to be snowballing with the general secretaries of both the organisations, for the first time, engaged in an eyeball to eyeball spat.

The first salvo was fired by the Yogam general secretary with Vellappally Natesan, while speaking to the media who met him here, warning the UDF against the move to go ahead with the constitution of the proposed Devaswom recruitment board. “Any move to constitute the board will mean the end of this government,” he said.

Making it clear that the Yogam would face the move to constitute the board both legally and with people’s support, Mr Natesan alleged that the UDF government and the NSS were hand in glove to cobble up a board.

The failure to heed the warning would result in a major setback for the UDF in the coming elections. Meanwhile, NSS general secretary G. Sukumaran Nair, who had personally kept away from entering into a direct conflict with the SNDP leader, opened up on Thursday making it clear that the stance taken by the NSS on the Devaswom recruitment issue was truthful and with the intend of justice for all. “There was no question of moving away from our stance,” he said in a press note.

It has been a studied stance taken by the NSS that the recruitment to the Devaswoms should not be handed over to the State public service Commission (PAC) and it had reason behind it, Mr. Sukumaran said.

While the NSS was against giving the responsibility of Devaswom recruitment to the PSC, it had no opposition in following the reservation procedures which ensured 50 per cent of the seats to all among the Hindu communities on merit and 32 per cent to those belonging to the reserved communities, Mr. Sukumaran said.

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