New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah over his remark on the Sabarimala row saying that the latter’s statement has the agenda of the saffron party exposed. Vijayan lashed out saying that the BJP president’s remark was against the Supreme Court’s (SC) order.
He further said that Shah’s statement doesn’t guarantee fundamental rights too. Making it clear that the Kerala government would stand by the SC’s verdict, Vijayan said, “The Supreme Court has given its verdict and we will comply with it.”
The BJP president who is Kerala to attend a party function in the city and the 90th Mahasamadhi observance of saint social reformer Sree Narayana Guru at Varkala near Thiruvananthapuram extended support to the protest led by devotees of Lord Ayyappa who are opposing the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple. (Also Read: Sabarimala Row: Ashram of SC Verdict Supporter Attacked; Vehicles Set Ablaze)
Pledging full support to the Lord Ayyappa devotees, Shah 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 said that Kerala government was trying to hide behind the court’s judgement 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.
Kerala has been witnessing massive protests from devotees at various places, including Sabarimala, Nilakkal and Pamba, against permitting women of all ages to enter the shrine. As many as 12 women in the ‘barred’ age group (10-50) had tried to trek the hills to offer prayers but had to retreat following widespread protests.
Shah’s Kerala visit also assumes significance as massive protests are being carried out against the CPI(M)-led LDF government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court verdict.