CM Vijayan steps down to seeks SC review on Sabarimala

The CPM-led Pinaraya Vijayan government, who was determined to implement the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of all ages women into Shabarimala shrine and attempted to crush devotees protests by mobilising heavy police force has finally came down after three days of devotees determined protests. Realising that it cannot move ahead with police force to allow all ages women into Shabarimala temple, finally has given green signal to file review petition in the Supreme Court.

Chief Minister earlier had vehementally rejected such proposal. Amid mounting protest in Kerala against the entry of women of menstrual age into Sabarimala temple, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) this evening has decided to appeal against the Supreme Court order.

The Sabarimala temple, located on the mountain ranges of the ecologically fragile Western Ghats, opened for the first time after the recent apex court order, on Wednesday. The Supreme Court has recently allowed women of the menstrual age group to visit Sabarimala Temple of Lord Ayyappa leading to the protests.

“We have decided to appeal against the Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all age groups to enter Sabarimala temple,” said A Padmakumar, President, TDB, said. The former CPM MLA, Padmakumar earlier immediately after Supreme Court’s verdict had expressed similar view, but he was later forced to take a U turn by Chief Minister.

The TDB has decided to present a detailed report on the current situation at Sabarimala. The board also decided to appoint Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi  as its advocate, in this regard. Ahead of the meeting, the TDB, which administers the hill shrine, had said it was ready for any sort of compromise to end the stand-off.

Earlier, the opposition Congress and BJP hit out at the Left government in Kerala for allegedly extending support to bring women activists to Sabarimala temple, hurting the sentiments of devotees. They also alleged the police gave one of the women, who climbed to the hill shrine amid heavy security, their official uniform and helmet.

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