Sabarimala Temple Row: Kerala Minister Kadakampally Surendran Compares Congress With BJP, Says Both Trying To Save Vote Bank for 2019
Kerala's Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran addressing the state Assembly on Thursday. | Image: ANI

Thiruvananthapuram, December 6: Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Thursday hit at Congress on Thursday and compared it with Bharatiya Janata Party, while commenting on the Sabarimala temple row in Kerala Assembly. He was of the view that Congress too is trying to save its vote bank like BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

Addressing the Assembly, Surendran said, “In view of Lok Sabha polls and vote bank. Congress is trying to follow BJP.” Adding more, he stated that the Left government will follow the Supreme Court verdict and it would be implemented. He said, “We are not adamant to send women to Sabarimala if so hundreds would have gone. Government's stand is that SC verdict will be implemented.” Prohibitory Orders Extended in Sabarimala.

Earlier on Tuesday, the state government - led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan - tightened the security cover at the holy shrine for three days to avoid any untoward incident. The government deployed an adequate number of personnel from the special task force, bomb squad, mufti police and intelligence wind of police citing violence ahead of the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.

Dinendra Kashyap, IG of Kerala Police informed that restrictions were imposed on the pilgrims for darshan and they would be allowed darshan only through the queues in front of the Sreekovil. He also informed that no special queue would be allowed.