Congress's INDIA alliance partner CPM condemns Shivakumar's 'absurd' Kerala black magic claim

Ministers K Radhakrishnan and R Bindu responded to KPCC chief's claims

D.K. Shivakumar | PTI D.K. Shivakumar | PTI

Ministers of Kerala's Left Democratic Front (LDF) cabinet reacted strongly after Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar claimed that his rivals are conducting black magic in the neighbouring state to topple the Congress government.

According to DK Shivakumar, he has received credible information that a ‘Shatru Bhairavi Yaga’ is being performed against him and Karnataka CM Siddaramiah near a temple in Kerala. DKS, who is also the chief of Karnataka Congress, went on to claim that aghoris were consulted and pujas are being performed at a place near  Rajarajeshwari temple in Kerala for Shatru Samhara (destruction of enemies). “For this yaga 'Pancha Bali' (five kinds of sacrifice) is being given - 21 goats, three buffaloes, 21 black sheep, five pigs... Aghoris are being approached. It is going on," he said

“Someone has given (details) about it to me in writing, about the pooja that is going on. Someone gave me in writing as to where it is being done and who is doing it," Shivakumar added.

Meanwhile, the claims were rubbished by two members of Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet on Friday. Kerala Dewaswom Minister K Radhakrishnan vehemently rejected the Congress leader's claims. While it is highly unlikely for such an activity to take place in Kerala, the ministry will look into it without fail, Radhakrishnan said. Devaswom Ministry is responsible for the smooth operation in accordance with traditional rituals and customs.

Minister of Higher Education and Social Justice R Bindu also reacted to the allegations levelled by DKS. Seconding the Devaswom's Minister's words, the CPI(M) leader condemned the absurd allegation but added that the government will ensure such primitive practices remain unwelcome in Kerala.

"This is Kerala. I don't think such a ritual will happen here. We will ensure such activities, that can pull the land backwards, don't reach Kerala. Such things can be expected when fiction gets priority over history. Kerala's approach has been scientific and rational in perspective," Minister Bindu said.

Earlier the day, Kerala Brahmin outfit Yogakshema Sabha rubbished the claim , calling it a political gimmick

Akeeraman Kalidasan Bhattathiripad, president of the Yogakshema Sabha, a welfare association for the Namboothiri community told OnManorama that it was Shivakumar's political gimmick. Calling the allegation baseless, Akeeraman added there was no such perversity in the Hindu society, the publication reported.

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