BJP will move HC against restrictions on pilgrims

BJP President, PS Sreedharan Pillai said that the party would address the Kerala High Court against the state government's decision to impose restrictions on Sabarimala pilgrims, including by obtaining a Passes from police stations when they went by private vehicle to the Lord Ayyappa temple.

At a press conference held Saturday in Beijing, Mr. Pillai said that an arbitrary order amounted to suppressing a citizen's fundamental rights to move freely and worship according to faith. . The position of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran to restrict the movement of the faithful is a reminder of the dark days of the emergency, he said.

Mr. Pillai said that the LDF government, as soon as it came to power, was attempting to encroach on the freedom of the faithful and to destroy the religious principles and traditions of the Hindu community. Today, this could happen to the Hindu community and tomorrow, the CPI (M) would adopt the same tactic of iron fist against the Muslim and Christian communities, said Pillai.

Accusing the government led by the CPI (M) to try to implement its atheist policy as in the former Soviet Union and China, Mr Pillai said the BJP would not back down. an inch against the undemocratic tendencies of the government. Already, religious leaders of Christian and Muslim communities had lent their support to the current "Save Sabarimala Yatra" aimed at protecting the rights of religious communities.

Answering questions, the BJP leader said that the yatra who was entering Kozhikode was not against the Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to access Sabarimala temple. But it was a struggle of the Ayyappa faithful against the atheist policies of the LDF government, he said.

Mr. Pillai also assured that the government would not stop him for undertaking a yatra and that even if the government resorted to such exercise, the yatra would continue, he said.

In asserting that the Travancore Devaswom (TDB) Council defeated the purpose of its creation, Mr. Pillai blamed his members for complaining about the policies of an atheist government. It had become a shame and a curse for the Hindu community.