THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With both Congress and LDF speaking in one voice against the Union government’s move to name the new research facility at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology here after RSS ideologue MS Golwalkar, BJP politicians on Sunday issued statements supporting the decision.
“He was a professor of Zoology in Benares Hindu University. He left his studies while doing his PhD in marine biology, and became an active member of RSS. It should be made clear on what basis is it being said that his name should not be used for the new facility,” Union minister V Muraleedharan said in Kasaragod.
He said that Left has given the names of many Communist politicians, who were jailed in 1947 and 1962 for anti-national activities, to several institutions. UDF had named a government college in Perinthalmanna in Malappuram after an Indian Union of Muslim League (IUML) functionary, who was not even an MLA, he added.
Muraleedharan said the Kerala BJP unit had no role in naming the institute and that it was a decision taken by its governing council.
Speaking to reporters here, BJP state president K Surendran said a controversy was being created out of nothing. BJP functionary MT Ramesh said Golwalkar, an MSc degree holder, had a great vision about the scientific development of the country. He said Golwalkar’s ideas and teachings are relevant in present times. Ramesh countered the CPM, saying that the party should explain the basis for naming a football stadium in Kozhikode after EMS Namboothiripad.
The Centre’s decision had evoked strong criticism, with LDF and UDF functionaries saying the move was made to deepen the communal divide. Even chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has expressed his opposition to naming of the institution after the RSS ideologue.