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CPI(M) launches explanatory meetings on Sabarimala issue

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Rattled by protests by opposition Congress, BJP and various organisations against the government's decision to implement the apex court verdict on Sabarimala, the ruling CPI(M) in Tuesday launched 'vishidhikarnam' (explanatory) meetings with participation of women.

The first of the meetings, to explain the government's stand on the issue and steps taken by it to implement the verdict, was inaugurated at Pandalam in district by CPI(M) central committee member P K Sreemathy,

P Sathi Devi, of the Janadhipatiya Mahila Association, said the has the duty to implement the top court verdict permitting women of all ages to worship at the at

Volunteers from Kudumbashree, a women's empowerment and poverty eradication programme, have also been roped in for the meetings being organised in different places for ensuring 'equal justice' to all women.

Meanwhile, said government was with the believers and understood their sentiments.

"We will not allow anyone to unleash violence in the name of devotees," the said, adding the government will not go in for any confrontation.

As far as the government is concerned, it wants to provide all facilities to devotees visiting the shrine.

Last month, Rs 100 crore was sanctioned from Infrastructure Financial Fund Board (KIFFB) for providing more facilities at Sabarimala, he said.

Attacking the and BJP, he said the two parties had changed their stance only with an eye on the Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP should take out a long march to Parliament in and not to Thiruvananthapuram, he said.

At Erumeli, an important halting place for devotees en route to Sabarimala, P C George, an independent MLA in the state assembly, began a fast Tuesday morning to safeguard the traditions of the shrine.

George garlanded a statue of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity at the hill shrine of Sabarimala, before commencing his fast.

In the state capital, believers, including women, took out a march to the Raj Bhavan asking the to put pressure on the Centre to bring in a law.

Devotees have also begun collecting signatures from believers to be submitted to

Meanwhile, Vellapally Nateshan, of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, an organisation of backward Ezhava community, said tension should not be created in the name of Hinduism.

Agitations over the verdict were a challenge to the rule of law, he said.

The Congress, BJP and various Hindu organisations have launched protests demanding the file a review petition against the verdict.

The in its verdict on September 28 had allowed entry of women of all ages into the shrine.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 14:20 IST