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CPI slams BJP president Shah on Sabarimala issue

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
The Communist Party of India (CPI) Monday slammed BJP president Amit Shah for "ridiculing" Supreme Court's verdict on Sabarimala temple, saying he had "incited" BJP workers to defy the verdict.
"BJP president Amit Shah has ridiculed the Supreme Court's judgment. His statement on Sabarimala temple verdict is atrocious and provocative", alleged D Raja, national secretary of CPI.
Escalating his attack on the Left dispensation, Shah Saturday alleged an "Emergency-like" situation prevails in Kerala with the state government "playing with fire" in quelling with "brutal force" protests by Ayyappa devotees over Sabarimala issue.
"You concentrate on developing the state rather than attacking the Ayyappa bhakts," the BJP president had said and warned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that he would have to pay a "heavy price" if this continues, as BJP workers "would not hesitate to pull down the government".
Till date, police have arrested over 3,000 persons across Kerala who took part in the Sabarimala agitation.
In a landmark verdict, the SC on September 28 lifted a ban that prevented women and girls between the age of ten and 50 from entering the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala, stating that the century-old Hindu religious practice was illegal and unconstitutional.
Raja said that initially all political parties had welcomed the apex court's verdict but BJP at the state level started campaign against the SC's verdict on the temple issue.
"BJP has opposed Supreme Court's verdict on the Sabarimala temple entry issue. Later Congress took a peculiar position in the state", alleged Raja.
The CPI national secretary alleged the BJP president in his speech had vowed to topple the LDF government in Kerala if it continued to uphold the SC judgement.
This, he said was another display of the "anti-democratic, authoritarian attitude typical of Amit Shah."

"Shah goes to the extent of saying that LDF government will be pulled down. How can he pull down the LDF government? What is BJP's strength in Kerala?" asked Raja.
The CPI leader warned the BJP not to adopt any dubious means to topple the democratically elected government in Kerala.
"If Amit Shah and his party will try to topple LDF government, people of Kerala will give BJP a befitting reply", warned Raja.
After the SC verdict on Sabarimala temple issue, the state had witnessed massive protests from devotees at various places, including Sabarimala, Nilakkal and Pamba, against permitting women of all ages to enter the shrine when it was opened for monthly poojas from October 17-22.
CPI is the second biggest party in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

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First Published: Oct 29 2018 | 10:00 PM IST

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