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Tantri consultation: BJP state chief backtracks

Press Trust of India  |  Kozhikode 

After kicking up a row over his statement that the head had consulted him before threatening the closure of the if women of menstrual age entered it, the BJP's state unit chief P S Sreedharan Saturday made a complete volte-face saying someone else in the tantri's family had sought his views.

Pillai, who is on a 'Save Rath Yatra' from Kasaragod to Erumeli along with Tushar Vallapally, told reporters here that what he meant was that someone in the tantri's (head priest) family had called him to seek clarification and not the tantri.

Since the head has clarified that he had not called him up, there is no need to doubt it, said.

Television channels had aired a video clip last week in which purportedly is heard saying at a yuva morcha meeting that the head had consulted him before threatening to close the shrine in case women in the 'barred' age group of 10-50 entered it to offer prayers.

When the controversy broke out, Pillai had said as a practising in the High Court the priest had sought a legal clarification, which he had given.

However, the tantri had denied having consulted Pillaiand said he had only spoken to his senior tantri Kandararu Mohanararu.

The (TDB), which manages the shrine, has sought an explanation from the

At the height of protests against entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine, Rajeevaru had on October 19 threatened to shut the sanctum sanctorum if two young women, then escorted by police, were allowed to reach the 'Sannidhanam' (temple complex).

Around 200 devotees tried to prevent a woman pilgrim from entering the hill shrine, suspecting her to be of menstrual age, and allegedly attacked a of a Malayalam television channel when the shrine was opened for a two-day special ritual on November 6.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 20:40 IST