New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) secretariat march on Monday over the Sabarimala issue turned violent. Police had to use water cannon and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Also Read - BJP's Troubleshooter, NE's Most Influential Politician Himanta Biswa Sarma to Take Oath as Assam CM Today
The BJP workers threw stones and hurled chairs at police personnel outside the state secretariat when the latter barred them from proceeding further. The agitation was led by general secretary Shobha Surendran and Thiruvananthapuram district president S Suresh who squatted on the road and raised slogans. BJP workers, who took out marches at Kottayam, Kochi and Kozhikode, were also stopped by police. Also Read - Will Himanta Sarma Outplay Sonowal to Become Assam CM? Crucial Decision Today
Meanwhile, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan who has been on an indefinite fast in front of the secretariat building since December 3, continued demanding the withdrawal of prohibitory orders and various cases registered against party general secretary K Surendran over the Sabarimala protests. Also Read - THESE States in India Have Imposed Lockdown, Other Restrictions This Month
The CPI(M)-led LDF government must understand the sentiments of the people and take the initiative to end the “hunger strike” of Radhakrishnan, he said. By using tear gas shells and force, the government was trying to suppress the protests against the restrictions and prohibitory orders, he said, adding that it was “undemocratic”.
Earlier today, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) also took out a march to the state Assembly over the same issue. The BJP and the UDF marched separately, demanding the LDF government’s intervention to end the agitation by their respective leaders for withdrawal of the prohibitory orders around Sabarimala.