Sabarimala talks today; Attempt to reach consensus
Thiruvananthapuram/Pathanamthitta: The government is trying to reach a consensus in the Sabarimala issue through the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB). As part of this, the discussion with representatives invited by TDB will be held on Tuesday. Tantris, representatives of Pandalam royals and organizations related to Sabarimala temple will attend the discussion.
The government has given TDB freedom to take decisions on the issue. The move of TDB shows that it has received the nod from government for taking independent decisions.
Devaswom president A Padmakumar has informed that the solutions proposed in the discussion will be executed and the board is not putting forward any specific instruction.
He said that everyone who have been invited for the discussion have confirmed they will be present. He added that the young women who have declared to enter Sabarimala are looking out for popularity and those who believe in the customs of Temple are less likely to come.
Considering the opinion of the TDB president, it is suggested that the board has reached a stance favourable to the devotees. It is clear that the board cannot take such a decision without the consent of the government or CPM.
Pandalam royals will arrive
The Pandalam royal executive committee president PP Sasikumar Varma and secretary PN Narayana Varma said that the Pandalam royals will attend the meeting. The decision was taken after receiving an invitation in document form.
It also intends to avoid the criticism that they haven’t attended the meeting despite being invited. They have discussed it with the people including priests’ family and the instructions formed will be put forward in the discussion.
Time to execute verdict, review petition and ordinance are the three demands which the protesters demand. These will be raised in the discussion too. It is expected that the practical demands among these will be accepted. BJP has also decided to consider changing the nature of the protests after the discussion.
Shrine to be opened on Oct 17
The shrine will be opened for the poojas of Thulam month on Wednesday evening. The government believes that the women in the restricted ages are unlikely to come this time and hence time can be sought to execute the order.
This might get priority in the discussion. As the government has relaxed its earlier stance, the review petition might also be considered. When the board takes up all these responsibilities, the government can continue with its ethical responsibility to execute the order.
Left government’s meet today
The first detailed meet of the left government in which the CM participates, will be held on Tuesday at Putharikandam Maidanam. It is expected that the decision of consensus will be declared then.
Protests concentrate on Nilakkal
The protests of the devotees have concentrated on Nilakkal as people can go to Sabarimala only through Nilakkal. It is on the backdrop of opening of the shrine for the monthly Pooja.
The forest path through Karimala and Pullumedu will not be opened for the monthly Pooja. The protests of devotees by chanting mantras in Nilakkal will be intensified on Wednesday.
Around hundred people are chanting mantras by building tents. With these, women will conduct vehicle checks on the path to Sabarimala. They will request the young women not to enter Sabarimala and take rest in Nilakkal.
Only women are leading the protests of the devotees. This will continue till the closing of the shrine. Police plans to deploy more police officers in Nilakkal as part of security measures. Achara Samrakshana Samithi will stage a two-wheeler procession in Nilakkal led by Pandalam royals on Tuesday.