Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 2:A four-member BJP team appointed by President Amit Shah arrives in Kerala to intensify its Sabarimala agitation from Monday, the ruling Left government has announced to form a “women wall” to garner support for the state government.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a “women wall” would be formed on January 1 from the northern district of Kasargode to the state capital pledging support to the state government stand.
BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said its leaders would launch an indefinite hunger strike before the Secretariat, to press various demands, including the lifting of prohibitory orders and providing basic amenities to pilgrims in and around the Lord Ayyappa temple.
BJP decided to go ahead with the agitation despite Kerala High Court’s order that no protests or demonstrations should be held at Sabarimala, holding that it was not a place for such activities.
While Vijayan said that Sarimala “won’t be allowed to become an Ayodhya.”
“The hash tag of the ‘women wall’ would be not to turn Kerala into a lunatic asylum. At today’s meeting these organisations have pledged their support to the state government on the stand taken by us on the Sabarimala issue,” said Vijayan, adding political parties can also send their women cadre.
A large number of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers protested outside the residence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last week against the detention of over 30 people at Sabarimala Temple.
A four-member BJP team handpicked by party chief Amit Shah will visit Kerala today to meet party workers in connection with the Sabarimala temple row. In Kochi, they will meet devotees and party workers to get a “first-hand account” of what the BJP called “atrocities being committed against the satyagrahis”.
The apex court on November 13 refused to stay the September verdict, three days before the temple opened this season.
The Left Democratic Front government led by the CPI-M has been trying to implement the apex court’s verdict even as the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and several Hindu groups are up in arms against it.
While the Hindu Ezhava social group led by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam general secretary Vellapally Natesan took part in the meeting, the Hindu Nair Service Society did not turn up.
Vijayan had sent out invites to over 150 social groups.