A throne-like chair was placed reportedly for the Shankaracharya at a programme to dedicate the Mithranandapuram pond to the public. On arrival, Mr. Surendran with the help of the former health minister V.S Sivakumar removed it and sat on ordinary plastic chairs. The Shakaracharya did not attend the programme, though a sanyasi from the Math was present on the occasion.
Mr. Surendran later took to Facebook defending his action. Big chairs that can seat two or three persons are not needed at government functions. The programme sheet showed that the Swami was not invited to the programme. “When I enquired about the big chair, I was told that it was for the Swami, should he choose to attend the programme. I removed the chair pointing out that such a chair was not necessary ” he added.
Strongly condemn the insult to Bharati Teertha Swamiji of Sringeri Mutt by Kerala Devaswom minister Sh.Kadakampally Surendra at Trivandrum
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) June 13, 2017