Amit Shah may visit Sabarimala temple

Amit Shah

Thiruvunantpuram: BJP president Amit Shah has expressed desire to visit the Sabarimala temple during the annual pilgrim season starting on November 17, a party leader said.

Shah has recently layed his party’s support to the devotees protesting against the Supreme Courts verdict that ruled out the old tradition and allowed the entry of women of all ages into Ayyappa temple.

Last week Shah claimed an “Emergency-like” situation was prevailing in the state and accused the government of “playing with fire”. He said that if the state government does not stop hurting the devotees, BJP workers would be forced to bring it down.

Reacting to it, Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the BJP president’s warning an “attack” on the Supreme Court, Constitution and the country’s judicial system.

So far, over 3,500 people have been arrested in connection with the protests that rocked the state earlier this month. A large number of devotees staying put at the temple complex and base camps had prevented at least a dozen women of menstrual age from entering the temple when it opened for monthly pujas between October 17 and 22.