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BJP flays govt over Sabarimala issue

Says it has failed to provide basic amenities to pilgrims this season

The State government has failed miserably in ensuring basic amenities at Sabarimala, O. Rajagopal, MLA, has alleged.

He also accused Minister for Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran of having failed in his responsibility of protecting the interests of devotees. Inaugurating a demonstration organised by BJP councillors at the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation on Monday in connection with the scuffle among members of the civic body a day ago, Mr. Rajagopal placed the blame for the ongoing Sabarimala controversy on the Devaswom Minister. He also accused the government of unleashing violence on women devotees.

Referring to the altercation that had unfolded during the development seminar organised by the city Corporation, BJP parliamentary party leader at the council M.R. Gopan accused the Mayor of having masterminded the alleged brutality meted out towards the BJP councillors purportedly by DYFI activists.

The agitations over the tense situation at Sabarimala continued unabated in the State capital with BJP workers taking to the streets. Mahila Morcha activists burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan outside the Secretariat. Mahila Morcha state president V.T. Rama inaugurated the demonstration.


Later, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists took out a demonstration to the Secretariat to protest against the arrest of protesters who staged a sit-in at Sabarimala late Sunday. The protesters, who burnt tyres, were obstructed in front of the Secretariat by a large police posse that had erected barricades in the area.

Yuva Morcha State general secretary Renjith Chandran questioned why the government was hell-bent on implementing the Supreme Court order, even while they had failed to execute several earlier ones.

The district witnessed tense moments until the wee hours of Monday when several Sangh Parivar activists congregated in front of police stations at Nemom, Neyyattinkara, Parassala and Kattakkada, catching the police off guard.

A sit-in was also staged in front of the Cliff House. Security has been stepped up in front of the Ministers’ official residences and other places including party offices.

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