The leaders of Congress and BJP on Thursday walked out from the all-party meeting, convened by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, to discuss issues related to SC verdict on Sabarimala temple. (See : Sabarimala)
Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the Chief Minister called the meeting with an agenda to implement the SC verdict on Sabarimala temple allowing the entry for women of all ages into Lord Ayyapa temple. The government was not ready to file a review petition seeking more time to implement the SC order in the wake of the Tuesday’s apex court decision to hear the case again on January 22.
However, the government is also not ready to seek the legal option aiming to complicate the issues for political gain, he alleged.
BJP Kerala President PS Sreedharan Pillai alleged that Mr Vijayan called the meeting to implement his own agenda deliberately in a democratic setup.
Earlier, thousands of Ayyappa devotees and media persons were prevented at Ilavunkal, four kilometres away from Nilakkal, which is the main base camp for the pilgrims during the festival at Lord Ayyappa temple which is set to open on November 16 evening.