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Sabarimala Row: Meeting on Filing Review Petition Fails, Tension Mounts as Temple Doors Open Tomorrow
The meeting between the Sabarimala Temple board and the stakeholders of the rituals at the shrine ended without reaching a consensus on filing a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women of all age groups to enter the temple. The meeting was also attended by the royal family of the Pandalam and the family of the thantri (priest). Talking to reporters, president of the managing committee of the Pandalam palace Sasikumar Varma said that the board could not commit to the demands of the royal family to file a review petition against the top court’s order. “We have urged Devaswom Board to file a review petition. Until it is disposed off status quo should be maintained,” said Varma.“Board said that they can discuss about review petition on 19 Oct. We’re upset that they’re unwilling to discuss it today. Meeting wasn’t satisfactory. We came out of meeting because they’re not ready to accept our demands,” he added.