Kerala CM meets Governor to discuss Sabarimala violence following entry of women inside temple


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met the Governor P Sathasivam on Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation at Sabarimala temple.

As per the report, he briefed the law and order situation in the state and the violence erupted in the state following the entry of women of menstruating age in the temple shrine.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister explained the control measures taken by the government.

According to the release from Raj Bhavan, the Kerala Chief Minister described the nature of agitation and the action taken to curb the violent protest in different parts of the state.

The CM assured that strict action would be initiated against the protesters who involved in this violence.

On January 3, the governor had sought an urgent report from the state government regarding this issue.

Kerala has been on the boil since January 2, following the visit of two women of menstrual age- Bindu and Kanakadurga. They entered the Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala under police protection.

Protesters blocked highways and forced closure of shops and markets located various parts of the region.

Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan made his government’s stand clear by stating that the state government had a constitutional duty to implement the September 28 Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages into the temple shrine to offer prayers.

The CM asked the BJP national leadership to instruct its cadre in Kerala to stop creating violence in the state.

“The state has a constitutional duty to implement the Supreme Court order. There is no violence other than the ones created by the RSS, BJP and the Sangh Parivar. They are frightening the state with constitutional consequences,” he had said in a Facebook post.

On January 7, the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that state government is considering to bring an ordinance to prevent the destruction of private property during hartal.

“Kerala government has decided to bring an ordinance for "prevention of damage of private property and payment of compensation" to protect the private property of people during hartal in Kerala”, said CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

Hitting out at the BJP-RSS for the alleged violence created in the state over the temple issue, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said his government would not be cowed down by threats and intimidation.

The state had witnessed huge protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees opposing the entry of girls and women in 10-50 age group into the Sabarimala temple when the state government decided to implement the September 28 Supreme Court order.

On September 28, the five-judge bench headed by former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra lifted the entry ban on women in the temple, saying the centuries-old custom at the shrine was not an essential religious practice and “the attribute of devotion to divinity cannot be subjected to the rigidity and stereotypes of gender”.

The temple opened for annual pilgrimage season on November 16. Prohibitory orders are in place at various areas across the state following violent clashes between the BJP, CPI(M) and the police.

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