As the BJP upped the ante on Sabarimala by sending a central team to the state, , the Kerala government announced a million women march on the New Year’s Day to prevent the state from “sliding back into medieval madness”.
“Great Wall of Kerala, to prevent the state from sliding back into medieval madness, going to be raised by a million women from one end of Kerala to other on New Year Day. Come, join the Resistance. It will be very, very happy new year,” tweeted Thomas Isaac, the finance minister of Kerala.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, announcing 600-km long Women Wall, said, “”No one can push back the progressive society of Kerala into the dark ages.” He was speaking after a meeting with over 50 socio-cultural organisations in Thiruvananthapuram.
The meet with prominent caste-based and social organisations, including the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam and others was an attempt by the state government to garner support following the recent protests by right-wing organisations across Kerala over entry of women of all ages in the Sabarimala shrine post the Supreme Court verdict.
Meanwhile, a four-member central delegation, deputed by BJP chief Amit Shah, arrived in Kerala today to meet the party workers and devotees participating in the agitation. The four members – Saroj Pandey, Vinod Sonkar, Pralhad Joshi and Nalin Kumar Kateel – will submit the report on the issue to Shah within 15 days. The BJP team will interact with the Pandalam and the Sabarimala tanthri.
BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said that they would launch an indefinite hunger strike before the Secretariat, to press various demands, including the lifting of prohibitory orders and providing basic amenities to pilgrims in and around the Lord Ayyappa temple.