Amit Shah On Over 2,800 Arrests, "BJP Stands With Sabarimala Devotees"

Amit Shah On Over 2,800 Arrests, "BJP Stands With Sabarimala Devotees"

Amit Shah On Over 2,800 Arrests, "BJP Stands With Sabarimala Devotees"

New Delhi: More then 2,800 protesters from entering the Sabarimala temple were arrested. Amit Shah, the BJP chief had said that the Left government in the state was misusing the issue to target BJP and RSS workers. The protests were termed as the protests as "aastha ke liye sangharsh (struggle to save tradition)"  by the BJP chief.

"Today in Kerala a struggle is going on between religious beliefs and state government's cruelty. The Left government in Kerala has misused the Sabarimala issue. They have used it to arrest workers and supporters of the BJP and other political parties. They have jailed thousands of party workers," he said while addressing a rally at Kannur in Kerala after inaugurating a party office in the city.

"I warn Kerala's communist chief minister, don't oppress devotees in the name of implementing the Supreme Court judgment," he said, referring to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Mr Shah also alleged that the crackdown by the police is part of "a communist plot against temples".

"It's a well-planned conspiracy to destroy the sanctity of temples in Kerala by the communists," he said.

Mr Shah voiced support for those arrested and said that "We want to assure the people of Kerala that the BJP will stand like a mountain in support of your sentiment. We will always be there for the people of Kerala and the devotees of Lord Ayyappa."

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The BJP chief explained the position of the protestors, saying, "The deity at Sabarimala is a Brahmachari (celibate) and therefore women of a certain age aren't allowed".

"There are many temples in India which are exclusively for women and men aren't allowed. No man tries to enter," he added.

He ended his speech with "Swamiye Sharnam Ayyappa" in praise of the deity at Sabarimala.

The Bhartiya Janata Party in Kerala has extended full support to the agitation led by devotees of Lord Ayyappa to protect the age-old tradition of the shrine.

Kerala had witnessed massive protests from devotees at various places, including Sabarimala, Nilakkal and Pamba, against permitting women of all ages to enter the shrine, where the deity is 'Naishtika Brahmachari' (perennial celibate), when the temple was opened for monthly poojas from October 17-22.

Around 12 women around from the age of 10-50 tried to trek the hills to offer prayers but had to retreat following widespread protests.

The RSS was accused by the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of turning Sabarimala into a "war zone".

In Kerala, 2,825 people have been arrested after the chief minister on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting with police officials and ordered a crackdown on those defying the Supreme Court order on the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. A total of 495 cases have been registered.

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