All-party meet fails to resolve `Sabarimala’ imbroglio

The All Party Meet convened by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, today,  failed to resolve the imbroglio over Sabarimala women entry issue, with the state government firmly continuing with its declared stance that the Apex Court verdict allowing women should be implemented. The two-month long annual ‘Mandala Makkaravillakku’ season will start on Saturday.

Both the opposition Congress and the BJP walked out of the meeting, which witnessed widespread protests after the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages into the shrine. Interestingly,  state law minister A K Balan also walked out of the meeting. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala blamed that the government did not listen to the UDF’s suggestions on the issue. The government was adamant and stuck to its earlier stand on women’s entry, he alleged. BJP Kerala president Sreedharan Pillai said that the all-party meet was a ‘sheer waste of time.’

“None of the demands raised by the UDF were accepted by the Chief Minister. The government wants to weaken the Sabarimala pilgrimage. The government is in fact trying to support the RSS and BJP. The all party meet was a mere farce. It’s unfortunate. The chief minister would be responsible for any law and order issue in Sabarimala,” Chennithala said.

Later BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai termed the all-party meet a ‘mere drama’ scripted at AKG Centre, the CPM state headquarters. “Kerala will prove that it’s not Stalinist Russia,” reminded Pillai.

However, Chief Minister asserted that in view of the SC verdict the government cannot take any other stance. He pointed out that the government was suggesting to bring in a system for women devotees – like allowing women on some particular dates. However, the opposition parties were not ready to listen to the proposal.

Supreme Court verdict and the verdict on review petitions were also discussed in detail. What’s the next course of action was also discussed. “The Opposition UDF and BJP took similar stance. The government has no pre-conceived notion in the issue. The government is of the view that the court verdict would be implemented”, CM added.

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