Tweet of Kerala's finance minister causes a stir
Tweet of Kerala's finance minister causes a stir

There is always a political stir going on in Kerala. Recently, Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac took to Twitter on August 31 to wish Onam to the citizens and also added that Kerala celebrated the return of Mahabali during the festival. But this tweet landed him into massive troubles, what irked is the portion of the tweet where the minister called 'Vamana' (an incarnation of Vishnu) ‘a cheat’.

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Isaac wrote on Twitter, “Happy Onam! We celebrate Mahabali who did not discriminate by caste or creed, not Vamana who cheated him. This edition of harvest festival has something to celebrate. Kerala has announced floor prices for 14 types of vegetables in its drive for self-sufficiency in vegetables.”  Isaac was responding to a controversy that had been brewing for some time that was insisting that Onam is a celebration of Lord Vishnu.

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Reacting to the tweet, Kerala BJP President K Surendran demanded that Thomas Isaac should apologise and also rescind his tweet. “Why is (Thomas) Isaac calling the dwarf, Vamana, who is one of dashavataras (ten incarnations) a deceiver? Vamana is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu himself. A god worshipped by crores of believers. Can Isaac take this approach with other religions?” Surendran asked in his Facebook post. The BJP leader also added that the biggest Onam celebrations are held at the Vamana Temple in Thrikkakara, Ernakulam.

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