Sabarimala affidavit: MA Baby does a U-turn, clarifies he didn’t declare CPM’s stance

MA Baby | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM politburo member MA Baby did a volte-face and issued a clarification on his statement to file a fresh affidavit related to women entry in Sabarimala. Earlier, he declared that the government is ready to file a fresh affidavit in Supreme Court over the Sabarimala issue. As the statement turned controversial, MA Baby changed the stance.

‘Neither I nor the party has taken such a stance in the Sabarimala issue,” declared MA Baby.

“If the LDF government continues in power when the Supreme Court pronounced verdict on women entry in Sabarimala, we will discuss the practical issues in executing the order with the related people. We won’t forcefully execute the party’s policy or views. The government only aims to create conciliation in society,” he added.

In an interview to Mathrubhumi News, MA Baby has stated that the government is ready to file a fresh affidavit over women entry in Sabarimala when the SC considers review petitions in the case. As this statement triggered a controversy, Baby changed his stance now.

According to reports, CPM directed Baby to correct his statement. Later, Baby declared that CPM will highlight the public welfare projects of the LDF government in the assembly polls.

“Role of a government to help the striving people will be discussed in the polls. Such a campaign was carried out in the local body polls. But now, planned attempts are being made to divert the public from this topic. As part of this, UDF has declared that they will enact a law to protect Sabarimala. BJP also responded to it. In this situation, LDF is also bound to respond,” said Baby.

He also criticized the UDF for declaring legislation to protect customs in Sabarimala when the Supreme Court is considering the case.

“It is utter idiocy to declare legislation for Sabarimala when the Supreme Court bench is going to consider the case. UDF has taken such a move ahead of the polls,” said MA Baby.

MA Baby declared that LDF will discuss the problems of the public in the polls. “We cannot declare our stance on Sabarimala before the SC bench pronounces the verdict on the pleas on women entry," added Baby.

He clarified that CPM has decided to hold conciliatory talks before implementing the Supreme Court order .

CPM has examined the chances of a conflict in the society over implementing the SC order, he added.

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