BJP to field 1000 mothers with 'Irumudikkettu' for protest

M. K. Suresh

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP has come up with a new way of resistance against the government’s move during Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season in Sabarimala. They will field 1000 elderly women at Sannidhanam every day in order to block the young women who come to Sabarimala.

The BJP strategy to overcome the restrictions of the government is to field 1000 mothers who carry ‘Irumudikkettu’ to have darshan in front of the protest instead of men.

The women will keep chanting at the Sannidhanam on the days when shrine opens during Mandala-Makaravilakku season. The second phase of protest by BJP and NDA on Tuesday, in protest over the Supreme Court verdict and demanding to preserve the rituals.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that people would not be allowed to stay at Sannidhanam after the shrine opens and the protesters would not be allowed to camp at Sabarimala.

Police have recommended not to allow anyone to stay in Sabarimala for more than 24 hours. When Sabarimala, its premises and the paths leading to the temple are surrounded by police making it an extreme safe zone, the protests can be controlled.

The police are likely to take strict action when men are fielded on front in the protest. But they are likely to spare the women protesters, which is why BJP is planning to field women in the front.

BJP claims that the elderly women will convince the young women about the situation and send them back. They will also initiate any clashes with the police.

The shrine will open on November 16 at 5 pm for Mandala season. The shrine will close on December 27 after Mandal puja and will reopen on December 30. The shrine will again close on January 20 after Makaravilakku. It will soon be decided from which areas women should arrive to the temple on these days.

The BJP protest will be expanded to other states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The central leadership has allowed to intensify the protests. All BJP chief ministers will arrive in Sabarimala during the pilgrimage season.

BJP national president Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala in December ahead of the parliament elections. He also will pay a visit to the temple then, said the party leaders.

When the Rath Yatra of BJP led by state president P. S. Sreedharan Pillai and BDJS president Thushar Vellappally arrive at Pathanamthitta on November 13, a confluence of about one lakh young women will be organised.

The second phase of BJP protest will start in front of the DGP office on Tuesday at 10 am, along with the fasting of Sreedharan Pillai.

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