Sabarimala: Supreme Court’s decision is an initial victory of Lord Ayappa devotees: BJP

Thiruvananthapuram | Bhartiya Janata Party’s Kerala unit on Tuesday said that the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the review petition on Sabarimala is an initial victory for the Lord Ayappa devotees.

Speaking to media, after the Apex court agreed to hear the 49 review petition on January 22 filed against the top courts earlier Sabarimala verdict, BJP Kerala Gen Secretary K. Surendran said, “It’s an initial victory of Lord Ayappa devotees. We are hopeful of overcoming the SC verdict when review petitions are heard. We will continue our fight till the end.”

The apex court bench including Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra decided to hear the review petitions against its earlier Sabarimala Judgement in open Court on January 22.

On September 28, the constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra struck down the restriction on entry of women of the particular age group in Sabarimala. In its 4:1 verdict, Supreme Court upheld the constitutional equality and allowed entry to women of all age group in the Ayyappa temple.

The verdict has since created a storm in the coastal state with thousands of devotees, especially women hitting the street against the ruling. When the Sabarimala temple’s gates were opened for monthly three-day prayers, two women namely Rehana Fathima and Kavita Thakkal tried to enter the temple, however, the protesters stopped them mid-way and they had to return. The review petitions were filed by Shylyja Vijayan, President of national Ayyappa Devotees Association and Nair Service Society.

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