CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday compared the violence in Sabarimala to Babri Masjid demolition. Drawing comparison to Babri, Yechury said ‘the pattern is very similar to what happened during Babri Masjid demolition’.
“All the TV crews who went there, which had your women colleagues, they were all roughed up. And, exactly the pattern is also very similar, at the time of Babri Masjid demolition. You have the heads of the volunteers wearing saffron bands. They are wearing the same dress. Now, that you found them there, the similar thing, so it is an organised thing, that the RSS is doing and that is being fought, it is being fought. it will be fought,” said CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury.
Further, blaming the BJP and RSS for the violence in Sabarimala, Yechury said that they are doing this ‘to whip up communal polarisation’.
“Their real point here is to whip up communal polarisation with the hope that this will give them this will give them some political and electoral benefit. This is the worst form of vote-bank politics which is being played in the country. Seeking the consolidation of the Hindutva communal vote bank at the expense of destroying our social harmony. And, this is very dangerous,” said Yechury.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, while addressing party cadres during his annual Vijayadashami speech in Nagpur, expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court's verdict allowing entry to women of all ages into Sabarimala shrine.
"The nature and premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and continuously followed for years together were not taken into consideration. The version of heads of religious denominations and faith of crores of devotees was not taken into account. The plea by a large section of women, who follow this tradition, was not heard too." Bhagwat said that the Supreme Court verdict has divided society," said the RSS chief.
The CPI (M) leader also said that if the BJP really wants to circumvent the Supreme Court’s decision, it should bring an ordinance for that.
“The BJP welcomed the Supreme Court decision saying that equality of women is sacrosanct in our Constitution. Having welcomed that, now the RSS chief says that is the matter of faith. When the Triple Talaq issue came, we at CPM have constantly taken a position that we are against the practice of Triple Talaq and its instantaneous application, so in these two counts we said that it needs to be reformed. Lok Sabha passed the bill, it came to the Rajya Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha the legislation had a lot of flaws and therefore they decided it will go to a select committee and then the Central government brought about an ordinance, on what ground? Saying that equality of men and women is fundamental to our constitution, that should be protected, therefore they brought this ordinance. Same principle, why it is not being applied to Sabarimala?” said Yechury
“Everybody knows that if Supreme Court verdict that has to be circumvented then only route available is through the Parliament of India. This government did that for the SC/ST act. Now, they are in majority in the Lok Sabha themselves,” he added.
The Left leader also claimed that the government is doing everything possible to maintain law and order situation in the state, even as reports are claimed that the Left government turned a blind eye to the Home Ministry’s warning on escalation of tensions in Kerala.
“The state government is doing whatever is possible and shrine was opened on scheduled time on the scheduled date and the doors are open, people who want to go can go. But, those who are being prevented, action is also being taken in that regard. Prohibitory orders are already in place, so, that is being done. The maintenance of law and order we will do it. But the duplicity of the BJP and RSS we must understand,” said Sitaram Yechury.
Republic TV on Friday accessed an internal security note as per which the Union Home Ministry had warned the governments of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to make adequate security arrangements at the Sabarimala Temple to prevent any untoward incident. However, even after the warning, violence ensued in Sabarimala with a violent mob obstructing and blocking women to enter the hilltop shrine.