BJP chief Amit Shah had accused the Pinarayi government of treating Ayyappa devotees like Gulag inmates.

Pinarayi slams Amit Shahs criticism on Sabarimala arrangements calls it misleading
news Sabarimala Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 13:39

BJP President Amit Shah and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan exchanged heated words on the Sabarimala issue on Tuesday on their respective social media accounts. 

At around 9.30 am on Tuesday, Amit Shah tweeted a strongly worded condemnation that the Kerala police was treating women and girls in an inhumane manner, forcing them to make the pilgrimage to Sabarimala without adequate toilets and other facilities. He also said that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cannot get away with treating Ayyappa devotees like inmates of the Gulag, the notorious Soviet era labour camp system under Vladimir Lenin.

Amit Shah’s reference to policemen sleeping amongst pig droppings comes from an earlier tweet by BJP IT Cell head Amit Malaviya, who first made the allegation. 

Responding on Facebook at around 7 PM on Tuesday, Pinarayi Vijayan refuted Amit Shah’s tweets strongly, calling them unfounded and misleading. He said that the pilgrims there had expressed satisfaction at the arrangements provided there, and the arrangements only caused trouble to Sangh Parivar elements who were bent on causing trouble at Sabarimala with ulterior motives, and that Amit Shah must have gotten carried away with the campaign started by such elements. His post also said, “Mr Rajnath Singh, the union home minister has gone on record that the government do not have any option but to execute the order of the apex court. This itself is a reply to the allegation levelled by Amit Shah.”

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