The change in stance of the Travancore Devaswom Board on entry of young women to Sabarimala has landed the CPIM in a deep crisis with its president A Padmakumar initially expressing displeasure over being kept in the dark about the stand taken in the Supreme Court on February 6, but now toeing government line.
The board which was against young women entry till the September 28 verdict allowing their entry, admitted in the court during hearing of the review petitions that it backed the verdict. Padmakumar publicly voiced his concern as the devaswom had earlier moved a petition seeking time to implement the verdict. Instead, there was no mention about seeking time and it was all about backing the verdict on young women entry.
Devaswom commissioner N Vasu came out against Padmakumar for making such public comments. However, on Friday, Padmakumar backtracked claiming that the petition seeking time was relevance in Sabarimala young women entry issue.
He asserted that there was no difference of opinion with the commissioner and a “communication gap exists between us”.
He ruled out resigning from the post, a demand even being made by the Opposition. Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran ruled out resignation.
For the party that has drawn much flak over its stand on Sabarimala, it cannot afford to see Padmakumar walk out which will embarrass the party further.