New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah over his remark on the Sabarimala row saying that the Supreme Court should take cognizance of his statement. BSP supremo also condemned Shah’s statement. Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights
Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “BJP Chief Amit Shah’s statement that ‘Supreme Court can’t give orders that can’t be followed’ (on #Sabarimala issue) is condemnable. The Supreme Court must take cognizance of his statement.” Also Read - Kerala Logs Highest Single-Day Spike with Over 40K Cases, Govt to Strengthen Anti-COVID Measures
Mayawati reaction came after BJP president, who was in Kerala on Saturday to attend a party function in the city, had 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 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.
A number of protests were staged 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.