Sabarimala Row: Yuvamorcha Activists Block Kerala Devaswom Minister's Convoy; LDF Says Stir to 'Destabilise' Government
Sabarimala Temple (Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons)

Thiruvananthapuram, October 11: As the Sabarimala issue hots up, a march by 'Yuvamorcha' activists Thursday to the house of Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran here turned violent, leading to police using water cannons and tear gas shells 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 Sabarimala issue by the opposition BJP and Congress along with other outfits was to destabilise the LDF-led state government. 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 chief minister and attacking Travancore Devaswom Board offices, indicated that the effort was to dislodge the LDF government. Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing On Pleas Seeking Review.

Alleging that the stir was to create trouble at a time when the LDF government was being praised for its relief work after the massive floods in the state last month, Vijayaraghavan said the opposition parties were using the Supreme Court 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. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will address the meetings here on October 16, at Pathanmthitta on October 23 and at Kollam on October 24, the LDF convenor said. Sabarimala Verdict: National Ayyappa Devotee Association Files Review Plea Against SC Order Allowing Entry Of Women Of All Ages.

The government cannot reject the apex court order and it is bound to implement the same, Vijayaraghavan asserted. Meanwhile, BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai, who addressed the 'long-march' launched by NDA with the slogan of 'Save Sabarimala' at Noornad in Allpuzha 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 state government file a review petition against the Supreme court verdict.

But the Left government 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 Sabarimala shrine. On September 28, The Supreme Court struck down the rule prohibiting entry of women between the age of 10-50 years by 4:1 majority.