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As Sabarimala springs again, UDF owes a debt to Sukumaran Nair

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KOCHI: In early January 2018, Nair Service Society (NSS) common secretary G Sukumaran Nair travelled from the society’s headquarters in Perunna, Changanassery, to sit down down for a lunch with Pinarayi Vijayan, when the chief minister was on a go to to Kottayam. It’s not typically Sukumaran Nair, the top of the {powerful} Nair group’s social and cultural wing, travels to satisfy somebody, even when the particular person occurs to be the chief minister.

A month earlier than the 2016 meeting polls, then chief minister Oommen Chandy needed to look ahead to greater than 10 minutes for the NSS supremo to stroll into the room to satisfy him although it was a deliberate assembly.
The assembly with Pinarayi made information because it’s no secret that there’s no love misplaced between the 2 dominating personalities. Sukumaran Nair defined then that he had sought a gathering with Pinarayi to debate the reservation for the economically weaker sections among the many ahead communities and that the CM had agreed to satisfy him when he visits Kottayam. 

“When he kindly insisted to have lunch collectively, I obliged,” he had mentioned then. However the assembly was thought-about, not less than on the floor, a breaking of the ice between Pinarayi and the NSS chief. However issues went haywire in September 2018 when the LDF, ignoring protests from the devotees, tried to implement the decision of the Supreme Court docket which allowed all ladies, regardless of age, to enter the Sabarimala temple.

“It’s an open secret that Sukumaran Nair needs one other UDF time period, ideally led by Oommen Chandy,” mentioned A Jayasankar, political observer and lawyer.Based in 1914 by Mannathu Padmanabhan, the NSS’ goal is the social welfare of the Nair group that kinds 14.5 per cent of the state’s inhabitants. Sukumaran Nair had tried his finest to persuade the earlier UDF authorities to approve the reservation for the economically weaker sections among the many ahead castes however opposition by the omnipotent Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) thwarted the transfer.

All through this election campaigning part, the Sabarimala concern was raked up in numerous levels by the opposition events and the NSS. With the NSS chief on Tuesday, discarding his ‘equidistant coverage’ by saying that he believes this election will see a vote in opposition to the LDF authorities by the devotees on the polling day, the Sabarimala concern grew to become one of many sizzling subjects of this election and the person UDF ought to thank is the 77-year-old from Perunna. Will it yield dividends within the election consequence for the UDF? We are going to know the reply on Might 2.

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