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Sabarimala remains turbulent as communal tenions continue

November 10, 2018

The communal tension in Kerala over the Sabarimala temple entry has taken a nasty turn with video clips and voice recordings of people creating communal hassles doing the rounds of social media. The hill shrine is now more like a war zone where women devotees who try to enter the temple are attacked by mobs who have been surrounding the area.

Kerala has always been a state that upheld the secular and liberal values. This new Sabarimala mayhem depicts how extremism has swept the state.

The latest video to create tensions is one by the Kerala BJP President Sreedharan Pillai, where he can says the Sabarimala verdict is a golden opportunity for the party to create violence and increase their political strength in the state. Pillai has been booked under Section 505 1(b) of the Indian Penal Code for his remarks.

Congress partyRamesh Chennithala has criticized Pillai on Twitter.

The shocking revelation reveals the tacit understanding between the BJP & the CPM. Veiled effort to divide the Keralites will be resisted by the people at large. - Ramesh Chennithala, Leader, Congress Party

Karnataka BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa is among the many leaders on a mission to 'Save Sabarimala'. Yeddy is all set to hold a Save Sabarimala Rath Yatra from Muttur to Sabarimala. The rally is organized as a protest against the Kerala ruling CPI (M) party trying to implement the Supreme Court order.

On 28 September, the Supreme Court of India passed an order that women of menstruating age (10 to 50 years) can enter the temple. Until then, women of menstruating age were denied entry into the temple claiming that it was an age old tradition. Recently, many people came up with the revelation that women could enter the temple until the year 1991 until the Kerala High Court forced debarring of entry of women into Lord Ayyappa's shrine, who was believed to be celibate.

The Kerala government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, has ensured the safety of women devotees. But angry mobs have been refusing the police to even do their duty. The temple was open for women from 14 October. Since then, no woman devotee has been able to enter the temple.

But all this definitely did not go well with youngsters in the country who took to social media to criticize the BJP.

"Waiting for English subtitled version of that Sreedharan Pillai audio leak. So that non-Malayalis can also understand how staggeringly cynical, evil and desperate the Kerala BJP is, and the price it's prepared to pay to advance its agenda", tweeted Vinay Aravind, Twitter user

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