Sabarimala Allparty meet fails to end impasse

first_imgStakeholders, opposition refuse to give ground SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT November 15, 2018 politics sabarimala Chief Minster Pinarayi Vijayan addressing an all-party meeting on the Sabarimala temple issue in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Thursday   –  S MAHINSHA SHARE COMMENTS Published on An all-party meeting called by the State government here on Thursday failed to break the deadlock on the Sabarimala temple issue after the Opposition parties, the Congress and the BJP, refused to give ground.But a separate meeting with the Pandalam Palace, which is strongly linked to the legacy of Lord Ayyappa, and the Sabarimala Tantri (high priests) family concluded on a positive note.‘Complicated issue’A representative of the palace said the talks were satisfactory and both sides managed to convey their concerns without much rancour.The Chief Minister had explained his position in the light of the September 28 Supreme Court order which allowed access to women of all ages to the temple. Traditionally, women of 10 – 50 years were not allowed into the hill shrine.The Apex court’s order sparked strong protests across the State. The government has said it would toe the Court’s line.Both the palace and the Tantri representatives reiterated that they would not compromise with on their stand against the entry of young women into the temple.Earlier, the Congress and the BJP, which have adopted the traditional view, walked out midway through an all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, dismissing it as a ‘farce’ and ‘a waste of time.’This has raised safety concerns ahead of the opening of the hill shrine on Friday for the two-months-long annual Mandalapuja-Makaravilakku festival.The Chief Minister clarified there was no question of disobeying the Supreme Court order.The Supreme Court has posted a batch of review petitions for hearing in open court for January 22, 2019.In context of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the CPI(M)- Left Democratic Front State government needs to find a middle ground.The NDA-BJP have called for a strategy session in Kochi on Friday on how to sustain protests against the SC verdict. SC declines to stay verdict allowing women of all ages into Sabarimala temple Kerala RELATED Trupti Desai says will visit Sabarimala temple on Nov 17; confrontation looms last_img

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