With the Sabarimala temple verdict having provoked widespread protests, the ruling CPI(M) and opposition Congress are now contemplating dialogue with the people concerned.
This is being thought of prior to the implementation of Supreme Court verdict on entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple.
The parties’ stand comes in the backdrop of mounting protest by devotees of Lord Ayyappa across the state.
It need be mentioned that hundreds of devotees, mostly women, took part in the ‘namajapa’ (chanting the name of Lord Ayyappa marches in Kottayam and Malappuram districts against the LDF government’s decision to implement the top court verdict without going for a review.
There is also the case where minor violence marred the protest march taken out by activists of Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP, to the house of Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president A Padmakumar at Aranumla in Pathanamthitta district.
Police had to use mild force to chase them away.
He also said that the government’s stand was to move ahead with mutual cooperation.
On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.>