The troubled relation between the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is all set to escalate to a serious level with the State government’s plan to ban ‘shakhas’ in temples throughout the State.
Shakhas are the Sangh’s physical training and learning groups. With more than 5,000 of them, Kerala has the maximum number of shakhas in the country. Any move to restrict the activities of these shakhas is likely to witness strong objection from the Sangh Parivar.
The order, which was drafted by the Devaswom Board, is on the basis of the Kerala Police Act that prohibits the conducting or facilitation of self-defense sessions without legal licence. The order is being scrutinised by the Law Department and awaiting final clearance from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.