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BJP launches indefinite relay fast on Sabarimla issue

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Launching the second

phase of its on the Sabarimala issue, the BJP Monday began an indefinite relay fast in front of the Secretariat here.

BJP state A N Radhakrishnan began the fast. Party workers from each of the 14 districts in the state will also be participating in the protest.

BJP Saroj Pandey, who inaugurated the fast, said the CPI(M)-led was acting against the will of people.

"We will raise this issue in Parliament," she said.

Describing the protest as a new beginning for the party in the state, Pandey said the will have to rethink on what they were doing on the Sabarimala issue.

"The road for discussion should always be open," she said.

The right-wing outfits have been up in arms against the government's decision to implement the September 28 verdict allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at the at Sabarimala.

The opposition Congress-led UDF had said that they were with the believers on the matter.

A four-member BJP delegation comprising Members of Parliament Pandey, Nalin Kumar Kateel, Pralhad Joshi and Vinod Sonkar have been camping in the state for past two days and spoke to Ayyappa devotees on the problems faced by them.

Pandey alleged the Sabarimala issue had "worsened" due to its "mishandling" by the

BJP state P S Sreedharan Pillai said the had arrested the saffron party leaders and workers in "false" cases.

"It is jungle justice that is happening here," he alleged.

"We just want to say that it is not CPI(M)'s constitution, but India's Constitution that is supreme," Pillai said.

The BJP also dismissed which said the party had stopped the protests over the Sabarimala issue.

None of us have said so and truth is God, he said.

BJP said the traditions at Sabarimala were being destroyed by the in

"We will study the situation and give a report to BJP Amit Shah," he said.

Joshi said even under the British rule, the believers were not targeted and only freedom fighters were arrested.

"This is harassing the believers and putting them in jail. Communist means those who lack love towards the country," he said.

The BJP also warned the police officials who took stern action against protesters in Sabarimala and said an IPS "misbehaved" with a Union minister, referring to the spat between and Union in the when he visited the hill shrine.

"We will ask Pon Radhakrishnan to move a privilege motion against the We warn that police officer, he will be summoned," Joshi said.

He also said if the Communist government continued to do the same, "it will be thrown into the Bay of Bengal".

Joshi said BJP K was arrested "for raising his voice against Pinarayi Vijayan and the latter's corruption".

Earlier, party MPs visited who is lodged at Poojappura central jail.

was arrested last month for his alleged involvement in violent protests at Sabarimala.

The BJP MPs, however, alleged he had been falsely implicated in various cases as he raised his voice against the minister.

"This is 100 per cent political conspiracy to snub the BJP which is growing in Kerala. The BJP will fight for its workers. We will submit a report to Amit Shah," they said.

The MPs had also met P Sathasivam at Kochi on Sunday and sought his urgent intervention to ensure that peace and tranquillity returns to Sabarimala, where they alleged the situation was akin to an "undeclared emergency" imposed by the

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:25 IST