Thiruvananthapuram: Differences have cropped up between the CPM and Renaissance Values Protection Committee with the committee convenor Punnala Sreekumar categorically stating that the party’s pro-believers stand and renaissance values cannot go together.
Mr Sreekumar told a Malayalam news channel that the CPM decision to safeguard the interests of believers taken at the recent party secretariat and state committee meetings had created confusion in the minds of people.
He said in the wake of this confusion, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should himself allay the doubts being expressed about the future of renaissance values protection campaign.
The CPM state committee had also given a call to the cadre to actively take part in religious activities related to temples and mosques in their respective areas. “There is a big question mark over the future activities of the committee,” Mr Sreekumar said. “Tackling hard line Hindutva with soft Hindutva is not a good indication. The progressive forces in the state will be forced to pay a heavy price for this stand in future.”
Meanwhile, CPM leader Anathalavattom Anandan while reacting to Mr Sreekumar's statement said that the party’s stand had been misunderstood.
“Communism is not rejection of atheism or religious beliefs,” the CPM state secretariat member said. “The Communist party is not against believers or religion. Th party has not made any change to its previous stand. There is no change even after the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.
Mr Anandan said it was the duty of the state government to give protection to the believers. The renaissance committee is working towards this objective. It is not for supporting or encouraging atheists or non believers, he added.