A day after the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, the entire Kerala state today turns tense, the situations gets out of control. Angry protesters are not paying any heed to their leaders. The situation has become grave in Palakkad, Kozhikode and Pandalam. Four BJP workers were stabbed in Kerala’s Thrissur while enforcing shutdown.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan admitted that more than 100 persons were injured in today’s violence. Many party offices and houses attacked throughout the state. Among the injured are 38 cops.
Meanwhile, both BJP and Congress leaders accused that those two women who entered the Sabarimala shrine with active patronage of Chief Minister Vijayan were not devotees, but Maoists. Both the women do not have faith on Hindu sentiments. They were facilitated by the state government violating state police earlier commitment that they will provide security only to devotees, but not activists.
BJP senior leader and Rajya Sabha member V Muraleedharan said the two women weren’t devotees, but Maoists. He accused that CPM with selected policemen prepared an action plan and then saw to it that the women go inside the temple. His reaction came as a dawn-to-dusk 12-hour hartal called by Hindu outfits began in the state.
Congress MP K Suresh also said that the two women are activists and are Maoists. He lamented that the State government is challenging the sentiments of devotees of Sabarimala. With the sponsor of state government, these two young women entered the temple, he added.
Hitting out at the BJP and RSS, the Chief Minister Vijayan accused them of trying to make Sabarimala into a clash zone. “Violence unleashed by them will be dealt with strongly,” he said.