Kerala: Protests underway at Pamba, Nilakkal, Cong, BJP hold hunger strikes

Sabarimala Temple opening: Cong, BJP hold hunger strikes; protests underway at Pamba, Nilakkal.

Sabarimala temple, in Kerala will open its doors for Thulam rituals to women of all age groups for the first time at 5 pm after the historic Supreme Court ruling that permitted the entry.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has said that it will hold a protest meet at Pathanamthitta district, one of the entry points to reach Sabarimala, at around 10.30 am.

The verdict had however received mixed responses with several thousand protesters flocking the streets of Kerala demanding an overturn in the ruling citing that it is against their traditional beliefs.

A meeting by The Travancore Devaswom Board, a temple body yesterday with various stakeholders including the Pandalam royal family and Ayyappa devotees failed to come to a conclusion on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Police has said that no attempts to threaten law and order, or to stop women devotees from entering the shrine will not be tolerated.

Congress President Mulapally Ramachandran on Tuesday declared that the party won’t object to any woman coming to the temple but wished that this does not happen.

State BJP president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai expressed full support to the protesting believers.

On Tuesday, hundreds of devotees, including a large number of women, protesting against the Supreme Court ruling, gathered at Nilakal and started checking all vehicles bound to the temple town.

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