Kerala BJP began an indefinite relay fast in front of the secretariat
Source :NewsBharati Date :03-Dec-2018
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 3: Launching the secondphase of its agitation on the Sabarimala issue, the Kerala BJP Monday began an indefinite relay fast in front of the Secretariat here.
BJP state General Secretary A N Radhakrishnan began the fast. Party workers from each of the 14 districts in the state will also be participating in the protest.
BJP MP Saroj Pandey, who inaugurated the fast, said that, the CPI(M)-led LDF government was acting against the will of people. We will raise this issue in Parliament., the state government will have to rethink on what they were doing on the Sabarimala issue.
Describing the protest as a new beginning for the party in the state, she said "The road for discussion should always be open.”
The right-wing outfits have been up in arms against the Kerala government's decision to implement the September 28 Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.
The opposition Congress-led UDF had said that, they were with the believers on the matter.
A four-member BJP delegation comprising Members of Parliament Pandey, Nalin Kumar Kateel, Pralhad Joshi and Vinod Sonkar have been camping in the state for past two days and spoke to Ayyappa devotees on the problems faced by them. Pandey alleged the Sabarimala issue had "worsened" due to its "mishandling" by the state government.
BJP state chief P S Sreedharan Pillai said, ‘the Communist government had arrested the saffron party leaders and workers in "false" cases.It is jungle justice that is happening here.’
The BJP leader also dismissed media reports which said the party had stopped the protests over the Sabarimala issue.
BJP MP Prahlad Joshi said, ‘ the traditions at Sabarimala were being destroyed by the Communist government in Kerala.’
"We will study the situation and give a report to BJP national president Amit Shah,This Communist government is harassing the believers and putting them in jail. Communist means those who lack love towards the country," he said.
The BJP MP also warned the police officials who took stern action against protesters in Sabarimala and said an IPS officer "misbehaved" with a Union minister, referring to the spat between IPS officer Yatish Chandra and Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Pon Radhakrishanan when he visited the hill shrine.
BJP leaders said, ‘the Communist government continued to do the same, "it will be thrown into the Bay of Bengal".
The MPs had also met Governor P Sathasivam at Kochi on Sunday and sought his urgent intervention to ensure that peace and tranquillity returns to Sabarimala, where they alleged the situation was akin to an "undeclared emergency" imposed by the state government.