KOCHI: Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Thursday said the real intention of those behind the violence at Sabarimala is to turn people against the government. He was speaking to reporters after laying the foundation stone of the Elamakkara Social Welfare Cooperative Society Ltd office in Kochi.
On activist Rahul Easwar’s statement some devotees were ready to shed blood at Sannidhanam and forcefully close the temple if any women between the 10-50 age group entered the holy shrine with the help of the police, he said the public should realise the real intention of such people. He said the government will see such incidents seriously.
“Those who oppose the Supreme Court verdict should file a review petition rather than spreading violence at the holy shrine. These people intend to turn citizens against the government which came to power through democratic way. The government is ready to protect the interests of real Ayyappa devotees,” he said. “Rahul Easwar’s plans to counter women’s entry at Sabarimala was similar to the strategies adopted by the military during war,” he said.
The Sabarimala case in the SC was one of the longest legal battles Kerala has ever witnessed, Kadakampally said. “The SC took up the case in 2006. The government had filed an affidavit stating it would implement the verdict brought out by the SC in the case,” he said.