Dramatic scenes were witnessed in Kerala assembly on Monday with BJP leaders jumping into the well of the house and clashing with their Left counterparts. Some MLAs even indulged in manhandling the members from the ruling party.
Protests erupted after the house convened for its session with BJP leaders questioning Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s announcement of constructing a wall from Palakkad to the Hill Shrine, to facilitate darshan for women devotees.
The BJP has been fighting tooth and nail to stall women from entering the temple premises. The Saffron party’s stand is aimed at making significant inroads into Kerala which has traditionally been ruled either by the Left or the Congress.
With an attempt to intensify its protests over Sabarimala, BJP General Secretary AN Radhakrishnan began his hunger strike outside the Kerala Secretariat today. And while this happened, an Amit Shah-appointed national BJP delegation visited the state to mount pressure on the State Government to dissuade it from implementing the landmark SC verdict.
The delegation met arrested leader K Surendran during the course of the day before addressing the press meet on Monday.
However, the Kerala government has said that it is committed to implementing the SC verdict on Sabarimala but the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday that the Left was in no rush, and would take its own time in complete implementation of the SC ruling.
Adding to the controversy, Congress has joined the bandwagon with its members starting a Satyagraha in front of the Secretariat.
In a scathing attack Kerala PWD Minister G Sudhakaran on Sunday slammed the Sabarimala temple head priest, saying that the donkeys in the temple town have more grace.
The statement came after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan criticised the Sabarimala priests for joining the protests against the Supreme Court verdict