Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala received brickbats from its own supporters after the party posted a picture on social media deploring public attacks after two young women entered the Sabarimala temple.
Reason: the image the CPI(M) put up on its official Facebook page was one that showed its own workers hurling stones. It was from a daily that had published it the previous day. Adding to the black humour, the photo was accompanied by a word of caution against violence by the party’s senior leader Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister.
“No move to stir up riots will work,” was translation of a Malayalam catchword that went from the CM when the photo was published on ‘CPIM Kerala’ FB page of the party.
The image, given a bluish tinge, show a group of young men in attacking mode. Some of them are seen hurling stones, a man at the right end holding a long stick amid the police holding protective shields.
The English newspaper that printed the picture described the event as one that happened last week in Thiruvananthapuram. The road in front of the state secretariat is the locale, going by the caption, which hints at the CPI(M) activists feeling self-secure in their proximity to the men in khaki.
As the image was used as a message against violence, the post began to receive several comments ridiculing the party as well as the selection of the photo. Some of them claimed to be Leftists themselves.
The country’s apex court had, on September 28, 2018, permitted entry to women pilgrims between the age group of 10 and 50 into the hill-shrine. The state government has since been trying to implement the judgement, much to the ire of right-wing outfits.
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