Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier, who became an internet sensation overnight with her cute wink in viral song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the movie Oru Adaar Love.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) in Kerala appears to have used Priya Prakash Varrier‘s viral wink to draw workers in the state conference. Ahead of the conference, CPI’s youth wing sported Priya Varrier’s photos on their posters.

The students’ wing of CPI, the All India Students Federation (AISF), has come up with campaign posters of state conference featuring Priya Prakash Varrier‘s wink. The posters are seen in several parts of Malappuram district. However, the AISF said the picture of the internet sensation is being used in solidarity with the filmmakers who faced attacks from fundamentalists.

“The controversy regarding the movie and song was unnecessary. The posters are a symbol of resistance as a section of fundamentalists in North India has come up against Priya and director of the movie. Our poster supports the freedom of expression of filmmakers,” AISF joint secretary P Jamsheer said.

It is already known that some Muslim activists had lodged an FIR against the team of Oru Adaar Love in Hyderabad under Section 295A (hurting religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code on February 14. Also, a group in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad filed a police complaint against Priya Prakash Varrier and film director Omar Lulu on the same grounds. Criminal proceedings against the actress and the maker of the viral song were stayed after Supreme Court’s order on February 21.