Thiruvananthapuram: The Sabarimala agitation has shifted entirely to the state capital, as the UDF launched its battle in the state assembly and the BJP began its fight in front of the Secretariat. The CPI(M) has thus found a common political agenda for the UDF and the BJP, and the party and the chief minister have intensified their attacks on the opposition groups.
The UDF legislature party finalised the agitation of MLAs at the Assembly gate after the BJP announced an indefinite strike in front of the Secretariat. The UDF had been pressing its fight inside the Assembly since the current session started, seeking withdrawal of prohibitory orders and improvement of basic facilities at the pilgrim centre. That was one of the factors which prompted the BJP to shift their agitation from Sabarimala to the capital.
Congress deputy leader K C Joseph had notified the speaker that the opposition will be joining hands in the House when Calling Attention notices are taken up. The chief minister then unleashed an attack, alleging that the Congress and the BJP are revealing their common target. That led to battle cries and the adjournment of the Assembly.
His effort was to prove that he has indeed hit the mark in saying earlier that the Congress is likely to follow the BJP to the state capital with its agitation. The opposition countered him by seeking his real renaissance motive behind lining up only Hindu organisations for the 'women wall' planned for January 1.
The CPI(M)-led LDF has asked its leaders to expose both the Congress and the BJP at the communal amity meetings set for Thursday.
The CPI(M) is expected to listen to the CPI and other constituents at the LDF gathering on Tuesday. Some in the LDF also have a fear that keeping community organisations at the front of the agitation could be a risk for the ruling front.