Mahindra and Mahindra, leader in India's Utility Vehicle market, launched New Bolero on Friday, second generation of its popular SUV, in Kerala and Tamil Nadu markets.
Launching the new model in Chennai, Southern region General Manager his alleged remark in the assembly said, 'Gods are depicted in temples without clothes on them', Kerala Electricity Minister AK Balan said on Friday, the Opposition was trying to make it a political weapon to disgrace him and the Communists.
Addressing reporters in Kochi, Balan said his comment in the House, which he withdrew after the Opposition protests, was being taken out of context by people who were trying to be `wholesale agents and protectors' of faith.
The minister said the Opposition was raising a hue and cry over the issue and demanding his apology as they were devoid of topics to corner the government. "They also want to portray me and my party in poor light before believers," he said.
Balan said he made the comment in 'good faith' while Education Minister MA Baby was replying to a submission by K Venugopal (Cong) who sought review of the syllabus on sex education meant for plus-two students.
The minister said he had only asked how would those who see sex and vulgarity in pictures in the handbook, meant to spread HIV awareness, interpret the murals and sculptures in temples. "I have not mentioned about idols or Gods worshipped by lakhs of people". Balan said he was not allowed to explain his position in the House by the Opposition who staged a walkout. "I did not want to hurt the sentiments of believers and I withdrew the remark to avoid a controversy".
On the Oppostion stance that they would boycott the minister in the House till he tendered an apology, Balan said he did not feel that he had done anything wrong and hence there was no need to apologise.