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BJP to shift Sabarimala stir to Kerala capital

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The BJP, which was spearheading the agitation against the entry of young women at Sabarimala, Thursday announced its decision to shift its protest from the temple complex to the state capital to intensify its stir.

Reacting to the saffron party's move, said the decision to "stop" the protest in was because the BJP had got an inkling of the secular minds of the people in the state.

Talking to reporters here, he said, "We can see that the measures adopted by the governmentin have been welcomed by everyone.

Now, BJP has stopped their protest in .

change can be seen there.."

BJP state P S Sreedharan Pillai said its leaders 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

The saffron party also wanted the scrapping of alleged 'fake' cases against its state K Surendran, who is now behind the bars after being arrested en route to Sabarimala earlier this month.

Rejecting reports that BJPwas ending its Sabarimala agitation, he said, "The party will launch indefinite hunger strike before the Secretariat from December 3."

Senior leader and state A N Radhakrishnan will kick start the agitation," he told reporters in Kochi.

At present, we are planning a 15-day-stir, he said adding that the party would decide on further course of the agitation after taking into consideration the CPI(M)-led LDF government's stand on their demands.

Besides this, the party has also plans to start a state-wide signature campaign to collect one crore signatures demanding protection of rituals and traditions of the shrine.

However, the rejected BJP's claim that his office had masterminded the cases against Surendran.

"My office already has enough files to take care of other than that of Surendran's.. its not my office's duty," he said.

"And, how can they (BJP) protest seeking to withdraw cases charged for violating the law?We cannot help it..," Vijayan said.

Meanwhile, Pradesh Committee (KPCC) alleged that the BJP's decision to shift their agitation here was part of the "adjustment" between the saffron party and the

Congress-led UDF opposition disrupted the proceedings of the state assembly for the second day today over the issues related to Sabarimala, which had witnessed intense protests by devotees and right wing activist against the LDF government's decision to implement the verdict permitting women of all age groups into the shrine.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:55 IST