Devaswom seeks explanation from tantri on phone call to BJP leader Pillai
Kerala

Devaswom seeks explanation from tantri on phone call to BJP leader Pillai

The State Government appears hell bent on action against BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai for his speech admitting that the protests at Sabarimala were part of a 'political agenda’.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said efforts to destroy communal harmony in the State would be defeated and “this would be probed soon'. The video of his address to Yuva Morcha activists in Kozhikode recently which has gone viral showed him claiming that he had advised the chief priest (tantri) to close the temple if women. Pillai retorted that the tantri had sought law advice regarding closing of the shrine if women entered.

However, this fell flat when the tantri said he had not sought any advice. CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had demanded government action against Pillai. As an indication to this, the Travancore Devaswom Board has sought an explanation from the tantri on his ringing up Pillai and would take action after that.

Pillai had said the tantri rang him up and said there were reports of young women were being escorted by the police to the temple. The advice given was that the temple should be closed as their entry would defile the temple. On the tantri's doubt whether it would mean contempt of court, Pillai assured him of party support.

A large section in the BJP leadership feels the part has been put into a tight spot by Pillai as it is politics and not concern for rituals and traditions that has made the party launch the protests.. However, to overcome the embarrassment, the BJP also appears to give the protests more strength as the party plan has been exposed.