The Kerala government led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked the police not to arrest women devotees who were taking part in nama japa yatras (prayer protest). The government had launched a brutal crackdown on devotees, triggering sharp criticism from the High Court which said the government will have to face the consequences if it continues with indiscriminate arrests. So far the police have arrested over 3000 people.
Meanwhile, the influential Nair Service Society chief Sukumaran Nair has lashed out at the government and said ‘vengeful arrests’ won’t diminish the fighting spirit of the people. Nair said through a distorted form of secularism, the Left government is trying to impose atheism on Hindus. He is reported to have complimented Janam TV for standing with the devotees in the hour of crisis.
BJP president Amit Shah created a flutter in Kerala with his thunderous warning to the Vijayan government. He said if the government continued with its policy to targeting Hindu devotees, the BJP won’t hesitate to remove him from chair.
Meanwhile, the house of Sandipananda Giri, a staunch Marxist supporter, was allegedly attacked by miscreants at night. Going by the evidence got so far, the whole episode seems to be a ‘frame up’ to divert public attention. He allegedly sent away his security guard and CCTV also had been switched off. But the CCTV in a nearby temple is reported to have caught the miscreants on camera. When a reporter of Janam TV approached the temple authorities for the footage, the police manhandled them. “The whole thing is a frame up,” said PK Krishnadas, BJP leader.
Shah snubbed Vijayan by ‘inaugurating” the Kannur airport by landing his plane while the state government was making elaborate arrangements for the inauguration. The Kerala government was planning not to invite Prime Minister for the inauguration.
From the airport he went straight to the house of Remith, the Sangh swayamsevak who was killed by CPI(M) goons on October 12, 2016, the son of Uthaman, active RSS-BJP activist killed by CPM criminals in 2008. Amit Shah told Remith’s mother that his party would not leave any stone unturned for making sure that the killers get deserving punishment. He offered floral tributes before the photographs of Uthaman and Remith. Smt. Amit Shah and state BJP leaders accompanied him. He honoured Remith’s bereaved mother by draping a ponnata. She lives alone in that house since her son’s murder. He came back from Gulf to look after his mother when his sister was married off. Thus, she lost the only bread winner of the family.
While addressing the rousing welcome he said that women are entitled to have equal treatment in Hindu rituals. He cited the ritual in Sabarimala which bar young women from entering there. His party is ready to go to any extent for the protection of Hindu rituals. LDF regime implements Emergency-like situation in Kerala in the name of SC verdict. If DYFI men attempt to attack the devotees, the whole country will stand by the people. If CPM and Pinarayi government go ahead with the oppression of the Hindu devotees, BJP would not mind to topple it. Government should make it clear why they arrested 2000 plus devotees.
The BJP president said his party was going ahead with various protest programmes from October 30. State president Adv. PS Sreedharan Pillai, senior leader O. Rajagopal MLA, V. Muraleedhran MP, PK Krishnadas, CK Padmanabhan, KV Sreedharan Master and several other leaders participated in the programme.