Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has termed spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi attending the Ayyappa Bhakta Sangamam in Thiruvananthapuram last week against young women entry to Sabarimala as 'disappointing’.
Her presence at the meeting, which she inaugurated, was uncalled for as it had spoilt her image, he said in his weekly television programme ‘Naam Munottu’.
She was somebody admired by people within and outside Kerala and her participation in the Sangh Parivar would not go down well with her admirers.
She had withstood such attempts earlier by that Parivar to rope her in. But it was unfortunate that she succumbed to pressures this time.
Moreover, she had taken a clear stand earlier on women entry to Sabarimala but changed her stance suddenly which was difficult to explain.
Several CPM leaders, including state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, had criticised her presence at the meeting.