Sabarimala back in Kerala polls, now CPM speaks for bhakts over Supreme Court ruling

In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down a regulation that prevented girls aged 10-50 from getting into Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district. The CPM-led LDF authorities carried out the Supreme Court order with the devotees of Lord Ayyappa taking to streets in opposition to the judgment. The Sabarimala difficulty has made a comeback in the Kerala Assembly election.

The protesting bhakts of Lord Ayyappa had the help of the BJP, which received the municipality of Pandalam that had change into the battleground for agitators demanding a evaluate of the Supreme Court’s Sabarimala judgment. The devotees clashed with police, and the Kerala authorities booked, based on the BJP, greater than 52,000 protesters.

The BJP has been raking up the Sabarimala difficulty forward of the Kerala Assembly election. The Congress-led UDF too has focused the Pinarayi Vijayan authorities and the ruling LDF over the Sabarimala difficulty.

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For the primary time, the CPM is feeling the pinch of the Sabarimala protest forward of the Kerala election. Party chief and Kerala Devasom (temple affairs) minister Kadakampally Surendran has expressed “regret” over police motion in opposition to the Sabarimala devotees. He mentioned the Supreme Court’s order shouldn’t have been carried out with out consulting the devotees.

This got here in the wake of sustained stress that the BJP and the Congress-led UDF maintained on the LDF demanding that the Pinarayi Vijayan authorities ought to come clear on the Sabarimala difficulty.

“What is the stand of the CPI(M) and Chief Minister [Pinarayi Vijayan] on Sabarimala? Are they with the devotees? Do they have the guts to say they are with the devotees? Will the CM shed his fake persona of a renaissance leader,” the Congress had requested in February this 12 months.

The BJP too earlier requested whether or not the Pinarayi Vijayan authorities was “prepared to withdraw all the cases registered then and apologise to the Ayyappa devotees”.

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With the meeting election approaching, the BJP and the Congress’s marketing campaign in opposition to the LDF was gaining on the bottom on the Sabarimala difficulty. This prompted the Kerala minister to say, “This [police action against the Sabarimala devotees] should never have happened.”


The LDF authorities had irked the devotees of Lord Ayyappa by forming a 620-km “renaissance” wall on January 1, 2019, from Kasaragod to Sabarimala to showcase the implementation of the Supreme Court order. Lakhs of girls had been mentioned to have participated in the state-sponsored go to of girls to the Sabarimala temple.

This ‘women’s wall’ was the CPM-led government’s response to protesters, who had been blocking the entry of girls to the Sabarimala temple. The Supreme Court had directed the federal government to make sure that gender equality is upheld on the Sabarimala temple.

Now, after Devasom minister Surendran’s “regret” over the Sabarimala clashes, BJP chief from Kerala and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan mentioned the CPM chief’s ache is “special” customised for the meeting election.


“The pain of Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran over incidents that took place in Sabarimala is a special pain that happens when the Assembly election approaches,” mentioned Muraleedharan, who’s a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra.

Kerala BJP chief Ok Surendran, who was jailed for over a month in the course of the Sabarimala agitation, mentioned, “Let him [Kerala minister] first withdraw the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court that vitiated the whole issue. He was the temple affairs minister when innocent devotees were attacked for chanting hymns. It is nothing but a cheap stunt for votes.”


The Sabarimala case is presently pending earlier than a bigger bench of the Supreme Court. Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran mentioned the federal government will seek the advice of the devotees earlier than implementing the ultimate order of the courtroom.

The Sabarimala difficulty had hit the LDF badly with the ruling alliance dropping 19 of 20 seats in Kerala in the Lok Sabha election held a couple of months after the agitation. The LDF then reached out to voters to make clear its place, and withdrew circumstances (although not all) in opposition to the protesting devotees.

The transfer paid properly because the LDF received the current native physique polls handsomely. But the Sabarimala difficulty apparently nonetheless makes the LDF a bit nervous because it has change into the principle whipping lash in the fingers of the Opposition events, the Congress and the BJP in the Kerala Assembly election.

Kerala goes to the polls on April 6 for all 140 meeting seats. Counting of votes might be held on May 2.

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