The comments by Gandhi during her visit to the Sivagiri mutt here in poll-bound Kerala came close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the mutt on December 15 to pay homage to Narayana Guru.
Modi had then hit out at the Congress over constant disruptions in Parliament, accusing it of making a "mockery of democracy" and deciding to "destroy" the country as it cannot reconcile to the Lok Sabha poll defeat.
Delivering her inaugural address at the 83rd annual pilgrimage at Narayana Guru's abode at Sivagiri mutt, Gandhi also said there were attempts to communalise the Guru's teachings and this amounts to 'betraying' him.
"I believe that there can be no greater betrayal of Sree Narayana Guru than the attempts being made to capture his legacy by communal ideologies and individuals whose motive is political power by spreading prejudice, bigotry and dividing our diverse society," she said.
Her comments assume significance against the background of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangam (SNDP) yogam, an organisation of the numerically strong backward Ezhava community, entering into a tie-up with the BJP in Kerala.


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