Thiruvananthapuram: The standoff between the Left government and the Congress over the Sabarimala issue echoed in the Kerala Assembly on Monday, following which the House was adjourned for the day.
The proceedings witnessed protests by the MLAs of the Congress-led opposition UDF. The MLAs stormed the well of the House while the Left MLAs held counter protests.
Also, three UDF MLAs started an indefinite satyagraha at the Assembly’s entrance to protest the imposition of ban orders and lack of basic amenities in Sabarimala.
“First time a CM provoked everybody and stalled the House. Section 144 should be withdrawn in Sabarimala. We’re requesting more facilities for pilgrims coming to Sabarimala, Pamba and Nilakkal,” said Opposition leader Ramesh Chennaithala.
“Opposition has been raising this demand for last three-four days but government isn’t ready to discuss this. That’s why we raised this in the House. We have decided to stage a dharna before the House,” he added.
Today was fourth consecutive day that the Assembly proceedings were disrupted over the contentious issue.
On November 30, the Congress-led opposition UDF disrupted proceedings in the Kerala Assembly for the third consecutive day, demanding discussion on the Sabarimala Temple issue, leading to an early adjournment of proceedings.
The Kerala High Court has appointed a three-member committee to observe activities at Sabarimala during the current pilgrim season.
The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa has been witnessing protests by devotees and right-wing activists against the CPI(M)-led LDF government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court’s September 28 verdict permitting women of all age groups to offer prayers at the temple.