Kottayam: Welcoming the move of the Central Government to introduce reservation for the economically backward people among the forward castes, the Kshatriya Kshema Sabha, an outfit of erstwhile royal families in Kerala, has termed those opposing it as “people still living in the bullock cart age.”
The state leadership of the Sabha said the Centre’s decision has given a fresh lease of life for Brahmins and Kshatriyas. ‘Neyyabhishekam’ ritual will be conducted at the Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank him for the decision. The ‘prasadam’ of the ritual would be presented to the Prime Minister during his upcoming visit to Kerala. A request has been sent to Modi for meeting him. V Muraleedharan MP forwarded the plea to the Prime Minister.
The Sabha said that it has been demanding extension of all benefits enjoyed by the backward castes in education and employment to the poor among the forward castes also for a long time.
A petition urging the Central Government to promulgate an ordinance to overcome the Supreme Court judgment allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple would also be submitted to the PM.
The Sabha has decided to give a memorandum to the High Court monitoring committee on Sabarimala seeking steps against the state government which was targeting the temple ‘tantri’ and the Pandalam royal family.
State president of the Sabha Prof K N Surendranatha Varma presided over the meeting. General secretary Atmajavarma Thampuran presented the motion. M Ravivarma Raja, R Ramavarma, T K Leelabayi Thampuratty, T M Sreekumar and V C Krishnavarma Raja spoke.