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Tuesday 23 Oct 2018 12.48 PM

Kerala CM hits out at BJP, RSS for violent agitation in Sabarimala

RSS, BJP, Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday attacked the BJP and RSS for the violent agitation at the Lord Ayyappa temple complex in Sabarimala over the entry of women of all ages into the hill shrine. The agitation was a "planned and deliberate attempt" to create an atmosphere of tension in the state, Vijayan told reporters here.

The incidents of preventing women in the 10-50 age group from offering worship at the temple and attacking media personnel, who had come to cover the historic event, was part of a conspiracy led by the RSS, he alleged. The government has the constitutional responsibility of implementing the Supreme Court verdict permitting women of all ages to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple and no attempt to convert the complex into a "war zone" would be allowed, he said.

The temple in Sabarimala had witnessed high drama and tense moments for six days when it was opened for monthly prayers from October 17 to 22. While maintaining that the faith of believers would be respected, Vijayan made it clear that the government had the responsibility to implement the court order.

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