A day after a poster portraying solar scam prime accused Saritha S. Nair as Mother Mary appeared on Facebook, putting the LDF on the back-foot, the CPM Kerala leadership on Wednesday came up with an explanation.
The Left party said that the poster first appeared on a Youth Congress Facebook page and it was not put up by a DYFI member as reported in the media.
“A workshop employee in Peravoor put up the picture on Youth Congress’ Facebook page. A comment on this post kicked up controversy. Arun Peravoor, who commented on the picture, sought apology too,” CPM said in a statement.
The party alleged that opponents are making it a controversy to attack CPM keeping the local body polls in mind.
The CPM leadership said Arun Peravoor, who was named as DYFI Muringodi branch secretary in the reports, does not belong to the youth organisation.
“Arun is neither a DYFI member nor a local office-bearer,” CPM said.
The poster showed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy offering prayers in front of an image of Mother Mary with the face of Saritha Nair.
The picture was removed from Facebook four hours after it was posted.
The text in the post showed Chandy praying to ‘Saritha Mother’ for more seats. Interestingly, the word ‘mathavu’ (meaning mother in Malayalam) was misspelt too.
“The controversy over the Facebook post is a continuation of the Sree Narayana Guru tableau row, where facts were misinterpreted to target CPM,” the Left party added.