Kodiyeri pooh-poohs SNDP-RSS alliance

August 10, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 29, 2016 02:21 pm IST - Kozhikode:

Any alliance between the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or BJP would be short-lived because of their inherent ideological contradictions, Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.

He was responding to questions from mediapersons about the emerging political scenario where the Yogam and the RSS were moving towards cooperating with each other.

“This will only lead to the RSS devouring the SNDP, which is fundamentally a secular forum. The former is an arrangement based on politicised religion. Any union that take shapes between them will end up in serious conflicts sooner or later,” he said.

Stating that the SNDP taking a stand against the CPI(M) was nothing new, Mr. Balakrishnan said that the Yogam was against the Left even in the State election of 1957, in which the party came into power. The Yogam was against the Communist party during the time of the Vimochana Samaram too.

The SNDP, according to him, had taken clear-cut political stands on several occasions. “It even formed a political party in 1970, which later joined the Cabinet of the Congress-led government. In its initial years, SNDP worked as progressive and reformist movement. In fact, Sree Narayana Guru conceived it as a completely secular outfit beyond any cast, creed, or even religion. After a point, however, the Yogam began to transform itself into an outfit that protected only the interests of a few affluent people in the community.

Mr. Balakrishnan maintained that the CPI(M) had never been dismissive of the SNDP or its just political demands.

“The SNDP or similar organisations should not take a political stand against the CPI(M) since it was always the party that had stood in the forefront of fighting for their rights,” he said.

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