Nair Service Society (NSS) general secretary G.Sukumaran Nair on Saturday said the results of the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala were the outcome of a “consolidation of devotees across religions”.
Presenting the 105th annual budget of the NSS at Perunna near here, Mr. Nair said he did not subscribe to the view of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee that the victory of the United Democratic Front in the polls was on account of minority consolidation. The annual budget envisages an income and expenditure of ₹122.5 crore.
In his reply to the suggestions raised by executive council members, Mr. Nair accused the Left Democratic Front government of hurting the sentiments of devotees through its intervention in the Sabarimala issue.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, on the other hand, treated it as a tool to maximise its performance in the elections.
“The BJP, despite in a position to help the beleaguered devotees, chose to organise protests against the State government as different from the Congress, which sought a legal recourse besides staging protests at the same time,” said Mr. Nair. “The UDF’s defeat in Alappuzha was the result of an inner party struggle, as evident from the vote share of the candidates in Haripad and Alappuzha town,” he said.
He congratulated Kollam MP N.K. Premachandran for piloting a private member’s Bill on behalf of Sabarimala devotees.
“The Bill has indeed caught every mainstream political party on the wrong foot,” he said.
He took exception to a decision by the Guruvayur Devaswom Board to acquire 100 metres of land around the temple and accused the government of attempting to meddle in the construction of a guesthouse by the NSS near the temple’s eastern entry.
The meeting of delegates adopted a resolution demanding the State government to withdraw the implementation of the M.A. Khadar Committee report as it would ruin the public education system.
“The original mandate of the commission was to recommend steps to implement the Right to Education Act while the unification of the classes from I to XII stands in direct contravention to the Central Act concerned. This is a clear violation of the Right to Education Act,” noted the resolution.
It also accused the government of meddling in the future of schoolgoing children by rushing with a report instead of approaching things steadily and carefully.