Congress’ AK Antony had on Friday said that it was CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s adamance to implement the Supreme Court verdict at all costs that provoked violence in Sabarimala.

AK Antony giving fodder for BJP in Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan on his Sabarimala remark
news Politics Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 18:50

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a strongly worded statement on Saturday hit out at Congress MP and former CM AK Antony claiming that his statement was giving the BJP fodder to grow in the state. This comes after Antony alleged that it was Pinarayi’s urgency to implement the Supreme Court verdict allowing women into the Sabarimala temple that was leading to conflict in the state.

In a Facebook post, Pinarayi Vijayan said, “AK Antony is giving all necessary nourishment for the BJP to grow in Kerala.” He argued that the Kerala High Court has accepted the working of the state government in Sabarimala. The CM said that these accusations made by AK Antony can be seen as, “a strategy to allow the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to grow in Kerala as well as to spread misinformation about the State Government.”

He also went to allege that while the Sangh Parivar lead the attempts to create riots in Sabarimala, Pinarayi Vijayan said, “Antony’s party men and cadre had provided support to those who were rioting.”

Lashing out at the former Union Minister, the Kerala CM said, “With this statement by Antony, he is turning out to be the embodiment of those party men who are Congress workers during the day and BJP workers at night.”

Instead of exposing the real elements that are creating conflicts, it is foolish on Antony’s part to just put the blame on CPI(M), said Pinarayi Vijayan.

By stating that the Sangh Parivar is trying to execute their “North Indian agenda” in Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan said that secular Kerala will not support such agendas and that it will continue to move forward by taking a strong stand.

“The Congress position that does not condemn the attacks of the Sangh Parivar is actually giving energy to Sangh Parivar's forces,” said Pinarayi Vijayan.

The CM also stated that the government's mission of protecting genuine devotees and making the pilgrimage easier for them has been recognized by the public as well as the court.

“The court which reminded the police that it was their responsibility to provide security for the devotees, has also clearly mentioned that the police has the right to take action against anyone attempting to turn Sabarimala into a conflict zone,” emphasised CM Pinarayi Vijayan in his statement.

AK Antony had on Friday said that it was Pinarayi Vijayan’s adamance to implement the SC verdict at all costs that provoked violence in Sabarimala. “If the CM had filed a review petition or sought more time by pointing to the devastated condition of Pamba post the floods, all these issues could have been avoided,” said Antony.

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