Kerala’s ruling party CPI(M) has had to go on organizing a ‘vishidhikarnam’ (explanatory) meetings with participation of women to counter the protests from Congress and BJP on the issue of Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala temple.
It is said that the first of such meeting was inaugurated at Pandalam in Pathnamthitta district by CPI(M).
The meeting was intended to explain the government’s stand on the issue and steps taken by it to implement the Supreme Court verdict.
Volunteers from Kudumbashree, a women’s empowerment and poverty eradication programme, have also been roped in
for the meetings being organised in different places for ensuring ‘equal justice’ to all women.
As far as the government is concerned, it wants to provide all facilities to devotees visiting the shrine.
Last month, Rs. 100 crore was sanctioned from Kerala Infrastructure Financial Fund Board (KIFFB) for providing more facilities at Sabarimala, it was said.
Attacking the Congress and BJP, he said the two parties had changed their stance only with an eye on the Lok Sabha polls.
In the state capital, believers, including women, took out a march to the Raj Bhavan asking the state government to put pressure on the Centre to bring in a law.
Devotees have also begun collecting signatures from believers to be submitted to President Ram Nath Kovind.>