Kummanam asked whether the minister’s statement was applicable to places of worship of other religions also.

Kerala BJP Chief criticises Devaswom Minister for calling Sabarimala ban on women unjust
news Sabarimala Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:23

BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan hit out at Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Sunday, over the latter’s statement that the ban on entry of women to Sabarimala is unjust.

According to reports, Surendran had said that the LDF government would take a decision on the issue after detailed talks, and added his opinion that the ban is unjust. Criticizing the minister for having shared his opinion even before the detailed discussion, Kummanam asked whether the minister’s statement was applicable to places of worship of other religions also.

On April 25, the Supreme Court had lambasted the Travancore Devaswom Board over its stand on restricting entry to women of menstruating age and termed the 'discrimination as unfair'.

In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court in November 2007, the previous LDF government led by VS Achuthanandan had maintained that the ban on entry of women to Sabarimala is unjust.

However, former Devaswom Minister VS Sivakumar had said that age-old customs and rituals should not be changed and that the stand of the Sabarimala head priest should also be considered. 

Kummanam further slammed the minister for his announcement that appointments to the Devaswom board would be done by the Public Service Commission (PSC). “How will the PSC ascertain whether a person is following customs and rituals,” he questioned.

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