In the Left bastion of Kerala, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah unveiled his party's new office in Kannur on Saturday, wherein he took the opportunity to address a rally of his party workers. The BJP supremo gave an explosive speech, wherein he lashed out at the ruling government as well as the Left parties for their stand and actions on the Sabarimala issue, while accusing them of creating an atmosphere of 'emergency'.
Shah said, "The Kerala government in the name of Supreme Court's judgment is creating a rift, but my question is why only this judgment? There are so many judgments that you don't follow such as Jallikattu and others. Why only Sabarimala judgment? They have created an atmosphere of emergency in Kerala."
The BJP president then went onto attack the government for trying to create a divide in the state, claiming Pinarayi Vijayan's government is doing conspiracy.
"The Kerala government with their powers tried to remove the real devotees from inside the Sabarimala temple who fought for their right. This is a conspiracy by the state government to divide the people in the name of religion. The state govt should not try to hurt the feelings of the devotees of Lord Ayyappa. In the name of court judgment, those who want to create violence, let me tell you there are various temples which run on different rules and norms. In Sabarimala temple the women entry is not allowed and also there are many temples in India where women are allowed and men are not allowed. Kerala govt, pay attention to the development of the state and Lord Ayyappa will take care of his devotees. You don't have to worry about that," he added.
Ever since the Supreme Court pronounced that women of all ages will be allowed to enter the premises of Sabarimala temple, protests erupted across the state. The local BJP, as well as the Congress, has been involved in a number of such protests, including on the day that the doors to the temple were opened. Amit Shah reiterated that his party will do anything to preserve culture and will stand by the devotees of Lord Ayyappa at all costs.
"If you (ruling government) don't listen and still carry on with your step, the BJP workers will make sure you will be put down by them. The BJP workers of Kerala will stand with the devotees of Ayyappa at all cost. LDF and UDF is trying to destroy our culture and development. And the development of Kerala is possible only under the leadership of PM Modi. For the protection of our culture, our struggle is still on. Join hands with BJP to preserve our culture," the BJP supremo went onto mention.