Kerala BJP vice president KS Radhakrishnan on Monday condemned the statement of Sunni scholar Abdul Hameed Faizi Ambalakkadavu against Kerala Governor Arif Mahammed Khan by saying that he has "opened the door out of Islam by offering prayers at the Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala as a believer." Radhakrishnan said, "On what logical ground and theological faith, one can say that X should be excommunicated from a religion? There is no logic at all. That is why in the original Islam, there is no space for clergy. If there is clergy, of course, clergy can excommunicate a person. But here in the case of Islam, nobody is competent to excommunicate a person. So, the decree, or the fatwa made by the so-called Sunni religious expert is null and void according to the Quran and the Islamic faith."