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HT Corresponden, Hindustan Times
Thiruvananthapuram, April 24, 2013
Apparently referring to the protest by the CPI(M) and the resentment of the Congress over his visit to the Sree Narayana Mutt in nearby Sivagiri, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said "untouchability" was increasing in Indian politics.

"Political untouchability is increasing in society though this great evil had been eradicated in social life to a great extent by the works of spiritual leaders and reformers," Modi said, inaugurating the post-centenary celebrations of the Sree Narayana Dharma Meemamsa Parishad at the Sivagiri mutt, 30 km from here.

Though he did not mention any party or leader, Modi supposedly had in mind the attacks by the Left on the mutt for inviting him and Congress leaders' disapproval of labour minister Shibu Baby John meeting him recently.

In an apparent reference to the discussion John held with him on skill development, Modi said Gujarat had been recognised as the most advanced state in this area by PM Manmohan Singh.

With inputs from PTI