New Delhi: AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused Bharatiya Janata Party President (BJP) Amit Shah of creating anarchy and encouraging people to violate the orders of the Supreme Court. Kejriwal’s remark came in response to Shah’s statement over Sabarimala. Shah had said that the Supreme Court should not pass verdicts that conflict with the religious faith of the people and which can’t be implemented on the ground. Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights
“Amit Shah actively encouraging people to violate SC orders. Creating anarchy. Hopefully, SC will take cognizance,” Kejriwal tweeted. Also Read - Kerala Logs Highest Single-Day Spike with Over 40K Cases, Govt to Strengthen Anti-COVID Measures
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Speaking at Kannur, Shah had said, “The BJP will take over the protest of the Ayyappa devotees. We will not mind throwing out the government if the Kerala government tries to steamroll the traditions of the Sabarimala temple.”
Pledging full support to the Lord Ayyappa devotees, Shah had said, “Today in Kerala a struggle is going on between religious beliefs and state Govt’s cruelty. The Left government in Kerala has misused the Sabarimala issue. More than 2000 activists and workers from BJP, RSS and other organisations have been arrested. BJP is standing like a rock with devotees, Left Govt be warned.”
Accusing the Left government of inciting violence in the state, Shah had said that Kerala government was trying to hide behind the court’s judgment and create destruction. He went on to add that there were many temples in India which are exclusively for women and men aren’t allowed and no man tries to enter.
Earlier in the day, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati had said that the Supreme Court should take cognizance of Shah’s statement.
On Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also lashed BJP chief Amit Shah and said that the latter’s statement has the agenda of the saffron party exposed.
Kerala has been witnessing massive protest after the doors of the Lord Ayyappa’s temple opened on October 17 for the first time after the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala temple.
Entry of the females in the menstruating age-group was banned in the temple as Lord Ayyappa is considered to be a celibate; hence the temple authorities only allow girls aged below 10 and women aged over 50 into the shrine. However, there is no restriction on the entry of men.