BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday spoke to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami at the Republic Summit. Amit Shah answered Goswami's question asking if the BJP accepts the Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal, then why it was not accepting its ruling on the Sabarimala issue.
Here's what he said:
"The Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal was in response to a question on corruption. Sabarimala is a verdict on a religious matter. If you go to a Gurudwara, will you not cover your head? It is a matter of an individual's right.
In the country, there are 12 mandirs where the police can't enter, is that injustice against the police?
These are religious issues. It's not about gender equality. Many pro-women verdicts have come, all have been accepted. Other religious verdicts have also come -- look at Jallikattu and others. My personal belief is that matters of religious nature can't be put to judicial review."
Since the Supreme Court ruling on allowing women of menstruating age into Sabarimala temple, parties like Congress, BJP in Kerala have taken the stage to protest against it and have conducted many public rallies and protests against the state government's stand on the implementation of the order. They've been insisting that the state government should file a review petition itself against the order, but, however, the Kerala government is clear on its stand on allowing women into the Sabarimala temple.
On Tuesday, the Kerala Police on Sunday allegedly stopped a group of four transgenders heading towards the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
Amit Shah earlier in the day at the Republic Summit also spoke about the threat by the Mahagatbandhan for the Lok Sabha 2019 polls and how the BJP plans to counter it.
"The reality of Mahagatbandhan is different than what is being portrayed. They don't exist if you picture the entire country. "