Sabarimala verdict: Kerala Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala leader endorses Express viewpoint, calls for review plea

The previous UDF Government’s stand was that the beliefs and rituals of Sabarimala temple should be retained and the banning of women in the 10-50 age group continued.

Published: 01st October 2018 02:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2018 08:13 AM   |  A+A-

Ramesh Chennithala

Kerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has called upon the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict granting permission for women of all ages to visit the Sabarimala hill shrine.

The social impact and practical difficulties the judgment will create have to be considered by the apex court, said Chennithala, who had earlier tweeted his stand tagging the Express editorial titled ‘Sabarimala: The Reality’ (Sunday, September 30).

The previous UDF Government’s stand was that the beliefs and rituals of Sabarimala temple should be retained and the banning of women in the 10-50 age group continued. It had also given an affidavit in the Supreme Court on February 5, 2016, on this angle. However, the present LDF Government changed that affidavit and pleaded women of all ages should be given permission to enter Sabarimala. However, the TDB, which functions under the state government, took a diametrically opposite stand on the same in the Supreme Court, Chennithala said.

This double standard of the Left Government has led to an adverse impact on the case and resulted in such a judgment, Chennithala said. He also charged the Left Front, blaming its stand and foul play.

Chennithala said all the religious institutions in the country were working on the basis of religious
beliefs and rituals and if they were changed overnight, that would hurt the believers.

TDB to go for appeal

Travancore Devaswom Board president A Padmakumar said: “The Board will file a review petition in the Supreme Court on this matter and let’s see what happens.”

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  • Mahesh

    In a very unfortunate court outcome. Sabarimala was following this rituals for centuries before the formation of republic of India, even before Dr. Rajendra Prasad laid foundation stone for the supreme court complex, who was also a staunch devotee of Ayyappa. Late president may have never even imagined the temple of judicial system he cherished, can attack ages old customs so bluntly. Sanctity of the worship place of first order and civilization of mankind, mother earth preservation are inevitable. Devotees and Hindus can't silently witness hands-folded the abusal of the sacred thapasya arena of Brahmachari Lord Ayyappa with women's camping recklessly against the wills and wishes of the presiding deity Lord Ayyappa Himself. Court bench should have been well versed with vedic sastras while dealing with such faith issues or at least advised bathe bench of Bhrahmajnanis, Vedic scholars and thantric experts. However like Ayodhya issues that lead to Sri. Advani ji's Rath yathra to mass Ram bhakths criss crossing across the nation that saw the unstoppable blossoming of current Lotus gaining from two seats to 86 in parliament then. As a party BJP now got the golden opportunity to take the issue campaign to South Indian mass public well beyond the borders of Kerala too. Party should recognise the magnitudes and volume of political advantage by awakening and involving every Hindu home into it. In the future, judiciary should understand the fact that they can't measure or override spirituality, proven belief system and the law of the nature by our bookish knowledge and limited intellectual power alone. Spiritual powers are always superior to intellectual power. Hope BJP will recognise this priceless gift of Swami Ayyappa which came as nature's call and will use every apparatus available to awaken the public to restore the PRIDE AND SANCTITY OF OUR GLORIOUS LORD AYYAPPA. For BJP president Sreedharan Pillai it's a celestial karmic boon to embark into the history of brilliant son of India forever. IT'S AYYA'S MERCY TOWARDS YOUR PARTY. TIME TO DEDICATE YOUR ACTIONS IN FULL ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM ADV. SREEDHARANJI. BY TRANSFORMING CHENGANNUR SETBACKS INTO AN UNIVERSAL MELA, THEREBY CLEARY EMERGING IN HISTORY OF GLITTERING SONS OF BHARATHAMBHA ON UR TRUE MERITS !!!
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