Protest against Sabarimala verdict gaining strength, BJP also joins protest 

Protest against Sabarimala verdict gaining strength, BJP also joins protest 


Kochi, Oct 04: The protest against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to worship at Sabarimala has started gaining substantial strength.

A call given by the Pandalam royal family a few days ago saw thousands come out in open against the verdict and that too without any political backing. The Nair Service Society and the Ayyappa Seva Sangham have already announced their decision to move a review petition and the BJP, Congress and the Muslim League favour such a move.

The BJP has got into direct action and party state president PS Sreedharan Pillai said his party would offer total support to protests of devotees. Already its women and youth wings has taken to the streets.

But the party has landed in a tight spot with its mouthpiece 'Janmabhoomi’ welcoming the verdict which would 'raise the dignity of the temple’. Pillai said he would hold meetings with the Sabarimala tantri family, different Hindu organisations and Pandalam royal family very soon. He wanted the State Government to file a review petition and not go ahead with its moves against the traditions of Sabarimala.

Muslim League national secretary PK Kunhalikutty also favoured a review petition as the faith of devotees had to be valued. At a press conference in Kozhikode, he said Congress should stand with devotees. The verdict would have far-reaching consequences on other religious communities, Kunhalikutty said.

The article in Janmabhoomi says the verdict would not stand in the way of Sabarimala customs and rituals. The arrival of women pilgrims in large numbers would add to the ‘divinity of the temple’. The article was written by Bharatiya Vichara Kendram deputy director R Sanjayan.

KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran said yesterday that the Congress was for a review petition. Congress leader K. Muraleedharan MLA also came out in support of filing a review petition.