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Former CM R Sankar’s family keep away from statue unveiling function

With controversy looming large over the exclusion of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy from the statue unveiling function of R Sankar by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, the family of the former Chief Minister decided to keep away from the event. Sankar, who was the Chief Minister during 1962-64, had headed the Kerala PCC and the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangam (SNDP), an organisation of the backward Ezhava community in the state, which is organising the statue unveiling function.

Mohan Sankar, chairman of Kerala State Backward Classes Development Corporation, said he was “pained” that efforts were being made to portray his father as an “RSS man”. Protesting against the exclusion of Chandy from the function, he said he and his sister will not attend the function, adding, “some black hands and vested interests have worked to ensure that Chandy was excluded from the function”.

Forty-two years after his death, Sankar’s statue was being unveiled at SN College, which was founded by him. However, Mohan Sankar said he was pained that a needless controversy had been created. “First inviting a person and then asking him not to attend the function was showing disrespect to the person, Sankar, who is President of Kollam SNDP unit,” he said while referring to Chandy’s exclusion.
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