Oct 28 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah over his remark on the Sabarimala row saying that the Supreme Court should take cognizance of his statement. BSP supremo also condemned Shah’s statement.
Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “BJP Chief Amit Shah’s statement that ‘Supreme Court can’t give orders that can’t be followed’ on Sabarimala issue is condemnable. The Supreme Court must take cognizance of his statement.”
Mayawati reaction came after BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday extended full support to the protest by Ayyappa devotees against the CPI(M)-led LDF government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court order on entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala temple, saying the Left government was trying to “suppress” the agitation by force.
Speaking at a public meeting in Kannur, Shah said: “The BJP will take over the protest of the Ayyappa devotees. We will not mind throwing out the government if the Kerala government tries to steamroll the traditions of the Sabarimala temple.”
The CPI-M has accused BJP President Amit Shah of inciting violence in the Sabarimala temple ‘ area by criticizing and blatantly ridiculing the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to the Sabarimala temple.
“Shah has challenged the Supreme Court order on the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple and incited his partymen to defy the verdict. In doing so, he has exposed the real hand behind the violent protests against women’s entry into Sabarimala,” the CPI-M politburo said.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement that such incitement had also led to the “highly condemnable” arson attack on the ashram of Swamy Sandeepananda Giri.
The Kerala government has arrested hundreds in the state who took part in violent protests or stopped a handful of women in the 10-50 age group from entering the Sabarimala temple.
Amit Shah condemned the arrest of over 2,000 devotees, including RSS and Sangh Parivar activists, across the state agitating against the entry of women of all ages into the temple.
“Today in Kerala a struggle is going on between religious beliefs and state Govt’s cruelty. More than 2000 activists and workers from BJP, RSS and other organisations have been arrested. BJP is standing like a rock with devotees, Left Government be warned,” Shah said in Kannur where he inaugurated the party’s new district office.