The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) disapproves of the manner in which K. Chandrasekara Rao took charge as the Union Labour and Employment minister at Shram Shakti Bhavan in New Delhi. Mr. Rao performed a public religious ceremony in a government office. Each individual is entitled to freedom of conscience and the right to freely practice and propagate religion. But to convert a government office into a place of public religious ceremony is violative of the secular principle.