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'Save Sabarimala Yatra' from Wed over Kerala govt's 'hasty move' to implement SC order: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

BJP Monday said the party-led NDA would organise a five-day long march from to Thiruvananthapuram in protest against the CPI(M)-led LDF government's "hasty move" to implement the order, permitting entry of women of all ages into the temple.

Announcing the decision to conduct the five-day long 'Save Yatra' from to Thiruvananthapuram, BJP state P S Sreedharan Pillai alleged that the was trying to divide Hindus to "defeat" the movement of Lord Ayyappa devotees against the government's decision to hurriedly implement the order.

The long march --Save Yatra-- beginning October 10 from Pandalam, the place where is situated, would conclude in Thiruvananthapuram on October 15, Pillai said.

"The Government is trying to implement the order by suppressing faith and sentiments of the faithful," the said after the core committee meeting of the party here.

He said the NDA's 'Save Sabarimala Yatra' would be an agitation based on Gandhian principles.

Pillai said the government was going ahead with the decision to implement the SC order without giving time to the spiritual authorities of the hill shrine to find a solution to the problem based on 'Tantra Sastra'.

He alleged that the CPI(M), a party based on atheist principles, had been trying to destroy Sabarimala for the past 50 years, but those who tried to do so have never succeeded.

Meanwhile, former BJP leader P P Mukundan has shot off a letter to Narendra Modi, seeking his urgent intervention to save Sabarimala from the "hands of non believers,whose sole intention is to plunder the temple wealth and revenue."

In his letter, the former South Indian of BJP, said "the Ayyappa devotees are looking at you, seeking your effective intervention to Save Sabarimala.

"The Centre may take over Sabarimala through special ordinance, declare it a National Pilgrim Centre, depoliticise the temple administration and set up a Tirupati-model for its proper upkeep and administration," he said in his letter.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 17:40 IST