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Post defending Amritanandamayi mutt withdrawn from CM’s FB page

Post defending Amritanandamayi mutt withdrawn from CM’s FB page

Thiruvananthapuram: A Facebook post by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy defending Mata Amritanandamayi and her ‘mutt’ in the view of the recent controversy over a book written by her former disciple has been withdrawn, reportedly, following harsh criticism from the CM’s followers on the social networking site.

Reacting to the allegations in the book “Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness,” written by Australian born Gail Tredwell, the Chief Minister had said he did not think that anything unlawful had happened at the mutt.

Chandy had, on his official Facebook page, posted that “People should not forget services provided by the mutt to society. One should not analyse things without considering the mutt’s charity works. I have witnessed and participated in its services including the ones during the Tsunami debacle. What they do is great work.”

The post, that invited stringent criticism from his followers, now, however, appears withdrawn.

The chief minister had also repeated his stand on the issue Saturday asking the people to look into the mutt’s services rather than the charges in the book.

“I do not think anything took place at the mutt (which is) against the law of the land. People have to consider the services provided by the mutt to society and not the charges against it,” he told reporters at Sulthan Batheri near Kozhikode.

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