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'RSS leaders moved SC in 2006, seeking entry of all women into Sabarimala'

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Devaswom Thursday sought to turn the tables on the (RSS) on the issue, claiming that hardcore Sangh leaders had moved the 12 years ago, seeking entry of women of all ages into the hill

He also equated the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) five-day march from Pandalam to Thiruvananthapuram on the issue with the "rath yatra" organised by the saffron party to Ayodhya in

Surendran's statement came amid mounting protests in against the government's alleged hasty move to implement the apex court order, allowing the entry of women of all age-groups into

In Thiruvananthapuram, a march by the activists to the residence of Surendran turned violent Thursday, leading to the police using water cannons and to disperse the crowd.

The trouble started when the activists tried to break the barricades put up by the police a few metres from the minister's house.

Flaying the BJP's "Save Yatra", which commenced Wednesday, Surendran, a CPI(M) leader, said, "The long march reminds us of the old rath yatra of the "

"Hardcore RSS leaders had approached the 12 years ago, seeking entry of women of all age-groups into Sabarimala," the claimed and alleged that the Sangh Parivar was trying to gain political advantage by misleading people.

He also urged the protesters to be calm till the took a decision on the review petitions filed by various organisations.

Certain modes of agitation like putting up roadblocks was against the wishes of Lord Ayyappa, the said.

Rallies, marches and roadblocks marked the protests staged by Hindu outfits Wednesday against the Left Democratic Front-led government's decision to implement the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala.

State P S Sreedharan Pillai has accused the of trying to divide the Hindus to "defeat" the movement of the Lord devotees against its decision to hurriedly implement the Supreme Court order.

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

But the has maintained that it will not go in for a review of the ruling.

The apex court, in its verdict on September 28, had allowed the entry of women of all ages into the

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 17:15 IST