Amid confusion prevailed over the entry of a 46-year old Sri Lankan Tamil woman into the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Hindu groups in Kerala have decided to intensify their agitation against the CPM-led LDF government, over the women’s entry into the shrine.
While the woman, Sasikala, said she was not allowed to undertake the trek to the shrine and sent back by the police, police officials claiming that she entered the sanctum sanctorum and offered prayers.
Sabarimala Karma Samiti, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups in Kerala, and the BJP decided to intensify their agitation against the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala over the women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple.
Accusing “mysterious link between CPM and radical outfits to destroy” the traditions of the Lord Ayyappa temple, a meeting of the Samiti leaders on was also sought an NIA probe into the entry of two women into Sabarimala temple with the support of a Maoist group, hurting sentiments of devotees of Lord Ayyappa.
BJP leaders who met RSS leadership, said they would support the Samiti’s agitation to protect faith of Lord Ayyappa devotees and removal of Pinarayi Vijayan from the state’s chief ministership. Accusing Vijayan of creating tension in the state, Sabarimala Karma Samiti leader S J R Kumar said he had no right to continue as the chief minister of the state.
He demanded that NIA should probe into Kerala government’s link with the Maoists, as the Chief Minister and police took two women into Sabarimala temple with the support of the Maoists.
A rath yatra of Hindu leaders of the state in protest against the Kerala government’s move to “destroy” traditions of Sabarimala temple will be held from January 11, 12 and 13. The yatra will cover 10 districts of the state barring four southern districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha, Kumar added.
Eighteen crore makara jyoti (lighting of lamps) will be lit across state on the occasion of Makaravilakku festival in Sabarimala on Janaury 14. The Karma Samiti will also organise a secretariat march on January 18 in which Ayyappa devotees from four southern districts will participate, Kumar said.