Not over yet: Karma Samiti's protest Friday, but no hartal

Karma Samiti’s protest day on Friday, Sangh to intensify Sabarimala stir
The protests that targeted the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government will now focus on the Travancore Devaswom Board too.
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Sabarimala Karma Samiti and Sangh Parivar outfits are set to intensify protests over the Sabarimala issue in the coming days. The right-wing outfits decided to intensify protests after the the Kerala government on Wednesday urged the court to trash review pleas on women's entry into the hill shrine. Contrary to its earlier stance, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) too backed women's entry.

The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions that sought a review of the September 28, 2018, judgment, which allowed women of all age groups to enter Sabarimala.

The protests that targeted the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government will now focus on the Travancore Devaswom Board too.

The right-wing outfits will woo a large section of people among the Hindu community, who believe the TDB cheated them by changing its stance in the Supreme Court over the issue of women’s entry. The perception among a large number of believers is that the TDB, which is supposed to protect temples and its customs, is trying to sabotage them.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions that sought a review of the September 28, 2018, judgment, which allowed women of all age groups to enter Sabarimala.

This will be the focus of the attack by the Samiti and Sangh groups in the coming days. The demand to cede control of temples to devotees from Devaswom boards will get stronger.

Though the RSS and BJP did not initially raise objections to the entry of young women, they changed their stance after considering the opinion of devotees.

Kerala had witnessed widespread protests after the LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court's landmark verdict. Senior advocate Jaideep Gupta, appearing for the state government, said Wednesday a constitutional court should not worry about law and order problem and 'social disturbances'.

A BJP meeting held in the capital decided to strengthen election campaigns focusing on the issue.

Protests including prayer marches that happened before the Mandalam season will be conducted.

Whatever may be the outcome of the review petitions, the party will come hard at the state government and the board over the issue highlighting it in the run up to the elections.

Protest Day

The Sabarimala Karma Samiti will observe a protest day on Friday alleging deception by the state government and TDB. Events involving devotees will be held in every panchayat, general convener SJR Kumar informed.

However, they have not called for a hartal yet.

The Kerala High Court had on January 7 said no strike can be called in the state without a prior notice of at least seven days. The court said this while hearing a petition moved by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Thrissur-based NGO 'Malayala vedi against hartals and shutdowns in the state.

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