Sabarimala issue: Ready to file fresh affidavit, says CPM
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has changed its stand in the Sabarimala issue. CPM politburo member M A Baby made it clear that the government is ready to file a new affidavit in the court when the review petitions on the women entry case are considered.
If the supreme court demands, the government will submit a new affidavit after discussing with everyone, MA Baby said during an exclusive interview to Mathrubhumi News. Baby also said that the CPM is changing its stand due to the pressure from the believers.
In matters that affect a large majority of the society, the party that rules the state can take decisions only after considering various opinions. The concept of equality and justice can be implemented in the society only step by step, he added.
CPM changed its stand on the matter after the UDF highlighted Sabarimala women entry issue in their election campaign. UDF had offered to legislate a new law to overcome the Sabarimala verdict that allowed women to enter the temple.
On September 28, 2018, a five-judge constitution bench, headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud favoured women entry while Justice Malhotra, the lone woman judge in the bench, delivered the dissenting judgement in the case.