Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who visited the ashram in the morning, condemned the attack. Pinarayi Vijayan alleged that the attack was on Sandeepananda Giri's life. Speaking to media after visiting the ashram on Saturday morning, Pinarayi warned that strict action would be taken against the culprits.

Swami Sandeepananda Giri's ashram (School of Bhagavad Gita) is located in Kundamankadavu, Kerala. The attackers set two cars, parked in the ashram, on fire. The attackers came on bikes. The incident happened on Saturday morning. A wreath was put in front of the ashram.

The residents of the ashram informed the fire force immediately and the fire was doused. Swami Sandeepanandagiri had earlier supported the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala. Swami Sandeepanandagiri alleged that Sangh Parivar, Thazhamon family and Rahul Easwar are behind the attack. He also added that they will have to reply to this.

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The visit to the ashram has however made some sections of Kerala citizens sit up and take note. When disastrous floods hit the southern state in August, did Vijayan run to the victim's place? Keralites have begun questioning the chief minister's "misplaced priorities".

Arun Nair, a social activist from Pathanamthitta, spoke to MyNation stating that when entire Kerala flood-hit, how many districts did the chief minister visited? Now when a Swami's ashram is attacked, Vijayan reached the spot within a few seconds. This is making me laugh. I pity Vijayan at the same time." 

Nearly 483 people lost their lives in Kerala floods. Tragedy is one side of it, there is another aggressive side to this state.

Kerala is known to be a political hotbed. Students, politics and murders are rampant in this state. Recently, BJP worker Pranav from Palakkad was attacked by the Students Federation of India (SFI) activists. Vijayan was predominantly mum on the issue. "Due to political assassinations, many people die in the state. Even if it is a member of LDF or BJP, Vijayan makes it clear to visit the house of the person belonging to the Left wing," said Vishnu Sai, RSS activist. There is a reason behind his visit to Swami Sandeepanandagiri's ashram. The swami had earlier supported the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala, said Vishnu. "And Sandeepanandagiri alleged that Sangh Parivar, Thazhamon family and Rahul Easwar are behind the attack," Vishnu added.

While floods and political assassinations are ignored, this attack necessitating a visit makes people of Kerala wonder if the chief minister has a "hidden motive" with respect to the Sabarimala issue.