In a shocking revelation, Kerala’s BJP President PS Sreedharan Pillai has revealed that the Sabarimala agitation ‘was part of BJP’s agenda’ and that ‘it was a golden opportunity for them in the state’. Pillai courted a controversy today, as TV channels aired a video clip in which he purportedly said that Sabarimala temple chief priest consulted him before threatening the closure of the shrine if women in 10-50 age-group entered it.
The video is from Sreedharan’s address to the Yuva Morcha state committee in Kozhikode. The BJP leader allegedly said that the head priest was afraid of shutting the doors of the temple as he feared contempt of the court but he came to a decision after consulting the BJP chief.
“The tantric community has more faith in BJP and its state chief. When women were about to enter Sabarimala, he called me up. I had given him a word and it coincidentally came true. He was a bit upset over shutting the doors of the sanctum sanctorum fearing it would invite the contempt of the court. I was among the few he had contacted at the time.”
“Sabarimala protests were BJP’s agenda. Our party’s general secretaries have worked to make it a success. When IG Sreejith escorted two women to enter Sabarimala, Yuva Morcha activists had blocked them. Now, it remains to be seen if the state government too will fall in line,” Sreedharan Pillai said at the meet.
Slamming Pillai for his remarks, CPI(M) state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said it was a serious matter and demanded a high-level probe into what he called “all conspiracies” related to Sabarimala and the stand taken by the BJP.
The agitation was “well planned” by BJP and the fact that the party could “influence” the priest was “serious”, he said. Industries Minister E P Jayarajan accused the BJP of using the tantri and other priests for creating trouble at Sabarimala. Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the real agenda of BJP had been exposed through the video.