BJP Workers Begin Fast Launching Second Phase Of Its Sabarimala Agitation


New Delhi: The Kerala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has begun an indefinite relay fast in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthpuram. BJP state General Secretary A N Radhakrishnan has begun the fast by launching the second phase of its agitation on the Sabarimala issue.

Party workers from each of the 14 districts in the state will also be participating in the protest. BJP MP Saroj Pandey, who inaugurated the fast, said the CPI(M)-led LDF government was acting against the will of people. “We will raise this issue in Parliament,” she said.

Describing the protest as a new beginning for the party in the state, Pandey said the state government will have to rethink on what they were doing on the Sabarimala issue.

“The road for discussion should always be open,” she said. The right-wing outfits have been up in arms against the Kerala government’s decision to implement the September 28 Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

The opposition Congress-led UDF had said that they were with the believers on the matter. A four-member BJP delegation comprising Members of Parliament Pandey, Nalin Kumar Kateel, Pralhad Joshi and Vinod Sonkar have been camping in the state for past two days and spoke to Ayyappa devotees on the problems faced by them. Pandey alleged the Sabarimala issue had “worsened” due to its “mishandling” by the state government.

BJP state chief P S Sreedharan Pillai said the Communist government had arrested the saffron party leaders and workers in “false” cases. “It is jungle justice that is happening here,” he alleged.

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