Issue of land allotment to Sri M’s foundation not related to CPIM-RSS talks, clarifies Kerala CM
By The Space
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), March 5 — Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the issue of land allotment to the Satsang Foundation, founded by Sri M is unrelated to the talks that were held between CPI (M) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) under the mediation by the spiritual leader.
His statement comes after Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) raised concerns over the Vijayan government's decision to give four acres of land in Thiruvananthapuram to the Satsang Foundation, founded by Sri M.
Vijayan asserted that the peace talks were held between CPI (M) and the RSS under the mediation by spiritual leader Sri M to end the political conflict and save human lives.
"My assessment of Sri M is that he is a secular yogi. He is not a spokesman for any kind of sectarianism. That's why I am willing to associate with someone like him," he said.
Clarifying the controversy over the land allotment, Vijayan said: "Peace talks were held in the 1980s to end the ongoing political conflict with the RSS… Some people are quoting Dinesh Narayan's book 'The RSS and the Making of the Deep Nation' to say peace talks were held with the RSS leadership in the presence of Sri M to avoid clashes. I did not see in that book saying about a political alliance. But the same book mentioned a secret discussion between Congress and the RSS in the 1980s. It was a secret discussion that preceded a move that sowed the seeds for the growth of communalism in Indian politics.