Ernakulam: Strongly criticising the state government for enforcing strict security restrictions at the hill shrine, BJP state general secretary A N Radhakrishnan said it was trying to establish Sabarimala as an area of unrest.
Speaking to media here on Saturday, Radhakrishnan said, “Earlier, the police officers deployed at Sabarimala used to take vows and respect the traditions followed by the pilgrims. But this time, the government deployed officers who belonged to the CPM fraction. The government is using police to destroy the deity and traditions of Sabarimala,” he alleged.
“The chief minister intervened to make boots, cap and belt mandatory for police officers deployed at Sabarimala. This has created terror among the pilgrims. Preventing the pilgrims from staying at Sannidhanam was uncalled for. The pilgrims have been doing so for years. The government has been repeatedly taking actions against the pilgrims and pilgrimage,” he alleged.
It is under TDB member Shankar Das who belongs to the CPM fraction, that leadership efforts are underway to destroy Sabarimala and its traditions, Radhakrishnan claimed. Alleging that the government was in support of Trupti Desai, Radhakrishnan added that she had sought the chief minister’s permission to enter Sabarimala.
“K P Sasikala’s arrest was against the supreme court verdict. Pinarayi would have the same fate of Nripen Chakraborty in Tripura,” he said.
“Pinarayi is possessed by a communist spirit. His stands on Sabarimala issues make me wonder if he has lost his mind,” Radhakrishnan said adding that the CM should change his standpoint.
Stating that the hartal was a mark of protest, Radhakrishnan claimed that the public was against the government. As part of the protests, BJP will collect one crore signatures from Ayyappa devotees from November 25. He added that meetings would be held at panchayat levels to safeguard tradition and belief from December 5.