Alphons Kannanthanam in Sabarimala; `Situation worse than emergency'

Nilakkal: Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Monday alleged that the state government has turned Sabarimala into a battlefield. He raised sharp criticism against the government while reviewing the situation in Sabarimala. He arrived at Nilakkal on Monday morning and addressed the media here.

He criticised the government for not providing basic facilities for pilgrims.

“Ayappa devotees are not terrorists. The police action against the devotees must be reviewed. Kerala seems to be under police rule. The devotees are staging protest by chanting mantras. They should not be arrested. It is against democracy. Government is responsible for all the issues in Sabarimala,” said the minister.

“A situation worse than emergency is happening here. The devotees are not allowed to ascend the shrine. Section 144 has been imposed for no reason,” said the minister.

The number of pilgrims has fallen compared to previous years. Numerous people who depend the Sabarimala pilgrimage season for livelihood are affected from this. The order allowing women of all ages into Sabarimala temple is under legislation of the court. The court will decide on it, he added.

However, he asserted that centre allotted Rs 100 crore for the infrastructure development in Sabarimala but the board and government not carried out any work here. He noted that he visited the shrine in order to review the basic facilities arranged for the pilgrims.

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