Sabarimala temple protests: UDF leaders including Congressman Oommen Chandy violate prohibitory orders at Nilakkal

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New Delhi | Updated:Nov 21, 2018 10:08:07 am

Sabarimala protests: Opposition Congress-led UDF workers staged a protest in Nilackal demanding withdrawal of prohibitory orders in and around Sabarimala temple that is at the centre of a row over Supreme Court's decision to allow entry of women of all age groups.

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Sabarimala protests: Opposition Congress-led UDF workers staged a protest in Nilakkal on Tuesday demanding the withdrawal of prohibitory orders in and around Sabarimala temple that is at the centre of a row over Supreme Court’s decision to allow entry of women of all age groups. According to local media reports, several UDF leaders including former CM and Congress Oommen Chandy violated prohibitory orders and dared police to arrest them. They also raised ‘go back’ slogans against police and chanted ‘swamiye saranam ayyappa’ mantras.

The Sabarimala temple is located about 20 kms away from Nilakkal. The temple has been witnessing intense protests by devotees against the implementation of the Supreme Court’s 28 judgment. The state government has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPc banning assembly of four or more people in Sabarimala and surrounding areas in view of the protests.

On Monday, at least 69 people were arrested by the police after Sunday’s nigh crackdown and were remanded 14 days of judicial custody by a local court. As the news about arrests spread, protesters went on a rampage across the state. They also assembled outside Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s residence in Thiruvananthapuram and shouted slogans.

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    16:43 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    What apex court stated in its September 28 judgment

    In its verdict on September 28, 2018, the apex court had permitted women of all ages the right to enter Sabarimala temple. The top court bench led by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra had passed the judgement with 4:1 majority. The apex court had said that the ban was derogatory, illegal and unconstitutional.

    16:07 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Sabarimala temple: RSS, Congress have become one, says CM Vijayan

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday lashed out at the BJP, RSS and Congress over rising protests involving Sabarimala temple. In hard-hitting remarks, Vijayan alleged the RSS and Congress have become one on the issue. He even alleged that Sangh's agenda was to create trouble by sending kar sevaks to take control of the temple and make the pilgrims the scapegoats.

    16:02 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Sabarimala temple: Two-month-long festival underway amid tight security

    The two-month-long festival season kicked off on Friday with the opening of the Sabarimala temple doors at 5 pm. Unprecedented security arrangements and and new guidelines from the police have been placed for the pilgrims. This is for the third time when temple doors have been opened since September 28 order of the Supreme Court. In this season, there will be a three-day break on December 27 and the temple doors will be closed on January 20.

    15:41 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    KJ Alphons offers prayer at Sabarimala

    Union minister KJ Alphons offers prayer at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala on Monday. Speaking to reporters, Alphons criticised the state government for the police action. He said: "Sabarimala pilgrims are not extremists. You can't use force in this place."

    15:29 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Kerala govt trying hard to implement SC order

    The CPI-M led LDF government has been trying hard to implement the Supreme Court's September 28 order. However, the government is facing protests from the righ-wing groups and political parties -- BJP and Congress, against the government's alleged efforts to allow entry of women devotees.

    15:06 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Opposition leaders on way to temple, shortly blocked by police

    The Kerala police on Tuesday stopped the opposition leaders from staging a protest near Sabarimala temple. Opposition leaders led UDF have organised a protest near Lord Ayyappa shrine demanding withdrawal of prohibitory orders in force.

    13:50 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    UDF leaders violate prohibitory orders at Nilakkal

    According to a report in Manorama, UDF leaders including former CM Oommen Chandy have violated prohibitory orders at Nilakkal. They even challenged police to arrest the. Meanwhile , Congress leader said that he will ask the DGP to withdraw restrictions.

    12:40 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Restrictions not acceptable: Ramesh Chennithala

    Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that state government's move of restriction and interfering with the people's right to pray and worship is not acceptable.

    12:30 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Sabarimala temple: Kerala HC raps police

    On Monday, the Kerala High Court came down heavily on police for their unruly behaviour against the pilgrims on Sunday night. The court, however, also pointed out that some of those who have approached the court are also responsible for turning the temple town into a battleground. Besides, it also advised political parties, police and the state government to work together to restore normalcy in the temple town.

    12:11 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Another big headache for Travancore Devaswom Board!

    Local reports say that shortage of 'Aravana' prasadam containers has emerged as a serious problem for the Devaswom Board, after the company with which it had agreement regarding the same has reportedly backed out. The 'prasadam' is usually packed and sealed in small containers for pilgrims to buy and take back to their families. It is one of the most sought after items for pilgrims who are returning to their homes and want to share the sacred 'prasad' of Lord Ayyappa with their families. This year, the 'Avaravana' prasadam containers may pose a problem for the Devaswom authorities. According to Manorama news report, the Travancore Devaswom Board is planning to sue the company.

    11:54 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    UDF leaders reach Nilakkal

    UDF leaders reach Nilakkal, slam LDF and BJP for heightening political and divisive tensions in connection with Sabarimala temple. As per local news reports, UDF leaders have reportedly breached the curfew at Nilakkal near Sabarimala.

    11:43 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Sabarimala temple: Protests are driven by RSS, says CM Vijayan

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan once again slammed the RSS for protests over the Sabarimala temple issue. He said that Sabarimala-related protests are driven by Sangh Parivar and not Ayyappa devotees, adding that RSS is misusing faith of people to reap political benefits. On Monday also, he had said that those who tried to create trouble on Sunday night were arrested and accused the RSS of implementing its agenda. Vijayan also justified police action against protesters and reiterated that his government was with devotees.

    11:11 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    State Human Rights Commission officials reach Pamba
    10:44 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Congress sends Oommen Chandy to assess situation

    The Congress-led opposition on Monday decided to send a team led by former CM Oommen Chandy to temple town. He is expected to visit the town on Tuesday to assess the situation there.

    10:02 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Govt stopping pilgrims from darshan, says Ramesh Chennithala

    Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala told reporters that the government must not continue with this curfew-like situation at Sabarimala. "The Kerala High Court's observations have come as an eye opener," he said. He also pointed out to local reporters that a government which is stopping pilgrims from getting the 'darshan' of the presiding deity Lord Ayyappa is responsible for the worst kind of injustice in history. The senior Congress leader in Kerala emphasised that the Congress party follows an inclusive approach to the debate on Sabarimala, whereas the BJP is pursuing an exclusive approach that is detrimental to the well being of all pilgrims.

    09:44 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Amit Shah slams CM Vijayan over police action against Ayyappa devotees

    BJP president Amit Shah has attacked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over his stand on the issue. In a series of tweet, Shah said that Kerala government is treat Ayyappa devotees like Gulag prisoners. 'If several reports of flushing resting places for devotees and them having to spend nights next to pig droppings & dustbin are true, then Pinarayi Vijayan must realize that he can’t treat Ayyappa devotees like inmates of Gulag. We won't let LDF crush people's faith with impunity,' he said.

    'If Pinarayi Vijayan thinks he can rise against people’s movement to preserve Sabarimala by arresting K Surendran, our Thrissur District President and 6 others, then he is mistaken. We stand firmly with every Ayyappa devotee, who holds the Sabarimala tradition close to his heart,' he added.

    09:28 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    No need for prohibitory orders, says Congress

    Congress leader and Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that prohibitory orders should be withdrawn immediately. He said there is no need for restrictions. Chennithala said: "Vijayan has made a complete mess of the Sabarimala pilgrimage season as the police is creating havoc and has turned the temple town into a terror zone. Vijayan has lost control."

    09:06 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Sabarimala protests: Congress to intensify stir

    The Congress-led United Democratic Front has decided to intensify its protest over Sabarimala temple row. The party has also demanded that the Chief Minister give up the Home portfolio. The development comes with the BJP-RSS going hammer and tongs at the Pinarayi Vijayan government over Sunday night's police actions against pilgrims.

    09:00 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Sabarimala temple: Devaswom Board moves SC

    The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) on Monday moved a plea in the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its September order to allow women of all age groups into the hill shrine. The TDB manages the Sabarimala temple. In its application, Board has cited lack of infrastructure at the shrine post August's devastating floods to seek more time to implement the judgment.

    Sabarimala: Police personnel stand guard as the Sabarimala temple opens for a two-month long pilgrim season, in Sabarimala, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (PTI Photo) (Story no. MDS18) (PTI11_16_2018_000157B)The Sabarimala temple opened its doors at 5 pm on November 17 for two months, third time since September 28 verdict of Supreme Court to allow women of all ages to enter the temple. The temple town has been witnessing protests by Hindu groups since them. As per the centuries old temple tradition, women aged between 10 and 50 are banned from visiting the hill shrine. Later, several review petitions were filed in the Supreme Court but the apex court on November 13 refused to stay its previous verdict and posted the matter for further hearing on January 22.
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