Sabarimala Verdict: Kerala Government to follow SC order, will not file review petition says CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Even as the BJP youth workers protested outside Devasom Minister’s house and the police had a tough time to control the agitating crowd and had to use water cannons to disperse the agitators, the Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan had asserted that his Government would follow the Supreme Court’s order on allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala Temple and categorically said that it would not file a review petition in the case.
All hell broke loose outside Kerala Devawom Minister, Kadakampalli Surendran‘s house after the cadre of BJP’s youth wing, Bharathiya Janata Yuva Morcha resorted to protest against the Kerala Government’s decision not to file a review petition against the SC verdict on Sabarimala Temple, as per a tweet by the news agency ANI. As the crowd were getting restless, police used water cannons in order to manage the crowd. As the SC had recently passed the judgement allowing women of all ages can enter the Lord Ayappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala. Notwithstanding the protest, the CM, Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state government will follow the SC order and will not file a review petition in the case. “Kerala Government has already informed the SC that it would implement the order. Now we cannot backtrack from the affidavit.”
Coming as it does, the Chief Minister’s statement is coming at a time just a day after the Priest of Sabarimala Temple and the erstwhile Royal Family of Pandalam opted out of talks with the state government on implementing the SC order, demanding that the Kerala Government should either file a review petition in the SC or direct the Travancore Devasom Board to file a review petition. The Chief Minister stated that in the past, several customs had to be changed for the sake of social reform. Even Dalits were appointed as priests in temples and reservation for Scheduled Casts and Scheduled Tribes was increased.