Sangh Parivar assembled criminals specialised in triggering communal riots in Sabarimala: CM Pinarayi Vijayan 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan accused the RSS of trying to take the state backward by destroying the unique secular characteristics of the state.

Published: 25th October 2018 11:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2018 11:13 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan speaks at a public meeting organised by the LDF in the wake of the Sabarimala controversy, in Kollam on Wednesday | Express

By Express News Service

KOLLAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan accused the RSS of trying to take the state backward by destroying the unique secular characteristics of the state. Addressing a public campaign organised by the LDF here on Wednesday in the wake of protests triggered by the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to visit the Sabarimala shrine, the CM used the renaissance movement to explain why the stand taken by Opposition parties is not good for the state’s progress.

He blamed Sangh Parivar outfits for “assembling criminals who are specialised in triggering communal riots and violence in Sabarimala”. “There was a conspiracy to trigger a communal riot. But the people of Kerala, who are committed to communal amity, could maintain peace and harmony in the state,” he said.
He praised the intervention of the police force deployed at Sabarimala in maintaining peace.

“The criminals who came in the guise of devotees attacked the devotees, young women and showered abuses on them. Their criminal culture came to the fore,” he said. The CM dismissed the protesters saying they can’t do anything to destroy the secular nature of the state. “Our secularism is based on the Constitution. Certain people are trying to destroy it. Unfortunately, it included the party that is ruling the country,” he said.

He attacked Congress leaders for supporting the RSS agenda. He reminded that both the BJP and Congress had earlier supported the entry of all women in Sabarimala and later changed their stance for petty politics.
On the confusion created by the protests, he sought to explain the stand taken by the government. “The LDF’s stand has always been about gender equality in places of worship. But we have told Supreme Court that we will obey the ruling irrespective of the LDF’s stand,” he said.

Plans are afoot to regulate the number of pilgrims visiting Sabarimala at a time. The move is to clamp down on protests and avoid crowding. Measures like online registration will be introduced similar to those in other major temples, he said.

“At a time, only a specific number of devotees can visit the shrine. Nobody will be allowed to stay back and camp at the Sannidhanam. We will soon convene a meeting of ministers from other southern states to discuss the arrangement,” he said.

CM to convene meeting of Devaswom Ministers

T’Puram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will convene a meeting of Devaswom Ministers of south Indian states to discuss the Sabarimala issue. Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been invited for the meeting to be held at the Government Guest House, Thycaud, on October 31. The meeting is convened to seek the ministers’ support for the implementation of the SC verdict at the shrine. They will be asked to prevent protesters from their states reaching the shrine. 


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  • anthony

    The rule of Law should prevail. The Govt is duty bound to implement the Supreme Court order. In fact the centre has issued an advisory to the state Govt to provide protection to women who wish to visit the Temple. The BJP and the RSS in Kerala who initially welcomed the Supreme Court order flip flopped and are only trying to exploit the volatile situation to disturb the Peace in the State. If they feel so strongly against the Supreme Court order
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