THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP leader V Muraleedharan has come out to criticise Minister Jaleel and Kadakampally Surendran over their Sabarimala visit on Saturday.
If Jaleel had gone to Sabarimala as a devotee, there is nothing objectionable. But, if he had seen Sabarimala as a picnic spot for photo shoot, it is unfair. He didn’t have any role in Sabarimala. Jaleel, a former SIMI man, can’t be called a secularist, if he takes bath and wear vermillion mark on his forehead, out of the blue, Muraleedharan has said.
Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who accompanied Jaleel to Sabarimala, also had come under rude criticism. “The minister has to clarify whether it is with sincerity or not that he prayed with folded hands at the sanctum sanctorum. If he had prayed with true devotion, CPM should give their interpretation on it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jaleel said Muraleedharan was criticising him as he felt anxious about increasing secularism in the State. Some people are worried about the world coming to know about Sabarimala’s glory as the centre of secularism. I felt the place like the Golden temple in Punjab, where I had visited. I could understand the secular atmosphere that prevailed here in the past,” the minister explained.