The BJP Leader B.S. Yedyurappa flagged off the Save Sabarimala Rath Yatra from Mattur on Thursday.
Save Sabarimala Rath Yatra is a protest against CPM led government on implementing the Supreme Court’s verdict of allowing the women of all ages to Sabarimala. Yedyurappa flagged off the Yatra along with BJP Kerala State President P.S. Sreedharan Pillai .
The Rath Yatra that started from Mattur will reach Sabarimala on November 30th.
While speaking to media, Yedyurappa criticised Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for the “tense situation”. “Our culture has always given prominence to women and treated them with respect. It’s all because of Kerala government and its failure to handle the case before the Supreme Court that the situation has become tensed,” he said.
The Former Chief Minister of Karantaka further said that, “Our party is not opposing the Supreme Court’s verdict, but people’s emotions should be respected, When 90 percent of women are against the order, it is our duty to oppose it”.
Sabarimala witnessed a massive protest in October against the Supreme court order on allowing the women between the age of 10 to 50 to enter the shrine. When young women tried to visit the temple the holy land turned into a warfield. Almost 3000 protestors were arrested for instigating violence in Sabarimala.
Two days before Sabarimala temple nada was opened for Chithira Attavishesha poojas amid tight security. The prohibitory orders were issued for two days.
The Rath Yatra will enter Kannur district by today evening.