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Tharoor asks BJP, RSS not to "desecrate" Sabarimala shrine

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Friday asked the and RSS not to "desecrate" the temple and termed as "utterly disgraceful" the recent violence at the hill shrine.

The also blamed the state government for acting in "haste" and not consulting the stakeholders before implementing the verdict, permitting women of all age groups to offer prayers at the

"If you have seen the BJP's behaviour in terms of violence they have conducted in a goonish manner and intimidation of people in Sabarimala, has been utterly disgraceful.

By reducing the sanctified shrine into a place for political battle, the state chief openly gloats that this has been a golden opportunity for his party, which is utterly shameful," said at the airport here.

He also said while respecting the wishes of believers, the rule of law and order must be maintained.

"We have to respect the wishes of believers and have to ensure the rule of law and order," he said, adding that extensive discussions should be held among the stakeholders rather than the "political drama" being carried out in

"I plead to the RSS and and the others, please do not desecrate the temple," said.

He also said the attack on the buildings and on police officers during the protests were unfortunate.

"I believe this is a very important issue, really raises very profound question about change about interface between tradition and modernity in our society in a changing World. It cannot be handled lightly," Tharoor said.

On November 6, 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.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 19:15 IST