Thiruvananthapuram: CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said the party’s stand on Sabarimala issue is to wait until the nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court pronounce a verdict on review petitions. Speaking at meet the press programme in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, he said as of now, there isn’t any problem in Sabarimala.
There were no problems in Sabarimala during 2019 and 2020 pilgrim seasons. Everything went smooth, Rajendran said. “Now, problems are only in the minds of certain people,” he added. To a query regarding NSS’ stand on the issue, Rajendran said, “NSS had moved the SC challenging the verdict allowing entry for menstruating women in Sabarimala, but the court dismissed it. Now, the review petition is pending before the court.”
To a query regarding the statements made by Balashankar that there is CPM-BJP nexus, Rajendran said BJP leaders like K G Marar and O Rajagopal had already let the cat out. He asked the Congress to check the flow of votes from that party to BJP in Nemom.
On local leaders of CPI and CPM joining BJP, Kanam said this shows a new stage of democracy. “If there are opportunists (in CPI and CPM), they will join BJP. It’s a reality. This shows a new stage of democracy,” he said. Unlike the isolated cases in other parties, Congress leaders are joining BJP en masse, he said.4eee