The Sabarimala issue also stoked a political fire in the state. Both the Congress and BJP are opposing the Kerala government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court verdict.
Tiruvanantpuram| The Kerala government has convened an all-party meeting in Thiruvananthapuram to discuss the Sabarimala issue. The meeting was headed by the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The meeting comes a day before the temple gates of Sabarimala open for a two-month ‘mandalam-makaravilakku’ pilgrimage.
The Supreme Court in its 4:1 majority verdict on September 28 had struck down the restriction on entry of women between 10-50 years of age in Sabarimala. The lone woman judge on the panel Indu Malhotra dissented saying the matter does not come under judicial ambit.
However, several review petitions have been filed seeking review of the Supreme Court’s earlier verdict. Following the rigorous violent protests by the Ayyappa devotees during the next month barring women to enter the temple, the Supreme court took the matter for hearing on November 13. The five-judge bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi deferred the matter for hearing on January 22.
The Sabarimala issue also stoked a political fire in the state. Both the Congress and BJP are opposing the Kerala government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court verdict. Massive protests were also led by the Hindutva outfits in the state twice when the temple gates were opened following Supreme Court order.