Thiruvananthapuram: A temple visit by a Kerala minister has kicked up a row within the ruling CPM with some party leaders alleging violation of party norms.
Devaswom minister and prominent CPM leader Kadakampally Surendran visited the Guruvayur temple and offered prayers on Sree Krishna Jayanthi day to the dismay of some party leaders.
CPM state secretariat member M.V. Govindan said the minister's act was not fit for those who believed in dialectical materialism. The party state secretariat will discuss the matter on Friday.
The minister had offered 'pushpanjali' to the presiding deity of the temple in the name of his family members. He also contributed an amount for 'annadanam' (offering of food to devotees).
Later in the day, Kadakampally said in a meeting that the temple visit was a pleasant experience.
The CPM leaders were provoked to question Kdakampally's stance after the BJP and other Sangh Parivar outfits hailed the minister for visiting the temple.
Reacting to the controversy, Kadakampally said those who were intolerant to his work as the devaswom minister was behind the row. He said his family members were believers and he never tried to 'correct' them.