Thiruvananthapuram: The Bharatiya Janata Party in Kerala has called off the 49-day-long hunger strike held in front of the secretariat on Sunday. To mark the culmination of the strike, Gandhian Gopinathan Nair and Ayappan Pillai gave lemon juice to BJP national executive committee member PK Krishnadas who was holding hunger strike at the protest venue here.
BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai, MLA O Rajagopal and RSS leader Gopalankutty attended the concluding ceremony of the protest. BJP leaders who held hunger strike over Sabarimala were honoured at the ceremony.
BJP state general secretary AN Radhakrishnan observed the hunger strike on the first day of the protest. Later, BJP leaders CK Padmanabhan, Sobha Surendran and VT Rema also observed hunger strike.
“The protest staged demanding to protect the belief of the people received great public support till 49th day. The public support was growing every day. It was a complete success. But there is no need to continue the protest as the Sabarimala temple is closed after the pilgrimage season,” said Sreedharan Pillai.
BJP started the indefinite hunger strike on December 3, 2018 over Sabarimala with a number of demands including protection of customs in Sabarimala, withdrawal of prohibitory orders and cancellation of cases charged against BJP leaders. But the government was not ready to accept any of the demands of BJP and held talks with the leaders to end the hunger strike.