Trivandrum (Kerala): Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday requested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Kerala government among others to not play politics with the respect attached with the Sabarimala temple and not ‘desecrate’ it.
Sabarimala row: Request RSS, BJP and others to not desecrate temple, says Shashi Tharoor
He added that the state government is also responsible for the tense situation in Sabarimala temple. At the same time, Tharoor said, the ruling party in the state and the government acted in a haste to push through the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment without adequately involving and consulting all stakeholders.
“They have also contributed to creating this drama. Unfortunately, many of their sympathisers have attacked the offices of the Nair Service Society (NSS) creating a completely unhealthy atmosphere and vitiating the environment in which a solution can still be found,” he added.
Tharoor went on to add that “we need to respect the wishes of believers and we have to ensure that law and order is maintained.”
“All of this calls for extensive consultations and discussions among all stakeholders rather than indulging in political drama we have seen being carried out around Sabarimala temple. It is a holy place. I request the RSS and the BJP and others, please do not desecrate it,” he added.
Tharoor’s statement comes after the Kerala High Court on Thursday observed that the protest in Sabarimala temple was against the Supreme Court verdict. The Sabarimala temple and its surrounding areas saw a series of protests in October over the Supreme Court’s decision, quashing restrictions on the entry of females between 10 and 50 years of age group into the holy shrine.
Despite the apex court’s order no female in menstruating ages was able to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple when it opened this October. Over 3,000 protesters were arrested for instigating the violence that broke out in the state, while around 529 cases were registered in this regard.