THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Contrary to the stand taken by devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran that he had regrets over the “unfortunate” incidents that rocked the Sabarimala Temple in 2018 following the Supreme Court order on women’s entry, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said there was nothing wrong in attempting to execute the court order.
An elected government could not have gone against the Supreme Court order, Yechury said. “It was most unfortunate that the sentiments of devotees were hurt… The incidents that took place in Sabarimala was something that pained all of us. It should never have happened. It has pained everyone… it has pained me also,” Kadakampally had told reporters while campaigning in Kazhakootam, a day after his candidature was announced.
He had also stated that whatever may be the final verdict of the Supreme Court, the government will implement it only after discussions with devotees and taking their sentiments into consideration.
Kadakampally declined to comment on Yechury’s remark when media persons contacted him on Wednesday. BJP and Congress had latched on to his statement and had alleged that the party’s double standards have been exposed again.
“In the 2019 parliamentary elections, LDF performed poorly on account of the Sabarimala issue. Congress benefitted from the controversy. Recognising the damage, LDF seems to have decided to take a neutral stand on the issue. But the UDF and BJP are keen on making full use of such opportunities,” said Jacob George, political observer.
BJP leadership had tried to field Panthalam royal family members from Konni and bring Sabarimala issue back to limelight but they declined the offer.
Talking about the party’s decision to take back in Kuttiyadi seat, Yechury said there is nothing extraordinary in the party changing its decision following public protests and marches.