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Sabarimala: Yuvamorcha activists block min's convoy; LDF says stir to 'destabilise' govt

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

As the issue hots up, a march by 'Yuvamorcha' activists Thursday to the house of Devaswom here turned violent, leading to police using water cannons and tear to disperse the crowd.

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

Reacting to the incident, the ruling CPI(M) alleged that the ongoing stir over the issue by the opposition BJP and along with other outfits was to destabilise the LDF-led

Addressing a press conference here after an LDF meeting, Front Convener A Vijayaraghavan said the nature of the stir, which included blocking the minister's convoy, "insulting" the and attacking Devaswom Board offices, indicated that the effort was to dislodge the

Alleging that the stir was to create trouble at a time when the was being praised for its relief work after the massive floods in the state last month, Vijayaraghavan said the opposition parties were using the verdict (on Sabarimala) as a tool to attack the government.

With a view to counter the "false propaganda" unleashed by the Opposition over the issue, LDF would convene public meetings in all 14 districts this month to explain the stand of the government and the LDF, he said.

will address the meetings here on October 16, at Pathanmthitta on October 23 and at Kollam on October 24, the LDF convenor said.

The government cannot reject the apex court order and it is bound to implement the same, Vijayaraghavan asserted.

Meanwhile, BJP state P S Sreedharan Pillai, who addressed the 'long-march' launched by NDA with the slogan of 'Save Sabarimala' at Noornad in district, claimed that the march was getting massive support from the general public.

A sit-in by some Hindu outfits, demanding that the government go in for a review petition against the apex court order permitting entry of women of all ages into the Lord Ayappa temple at the hill shrine, continued.

The Congress, BJP and 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 September 28 verdict had allowed entry of women of all ages into the shrine.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 15:20 IST
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