RSS Takes U-turn on Sabrimala Issue
After welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on Sabrimala, the RSS seems to have taken a u-turn from its original stance. Cleverly distancing itself from the SC verdict, Sangh has declared its support to the agitation against the government citing, “Any change in Sabarimala customs should be made after deliberations with the stakeholders.”
The original statement from the RSS welcoming the verdict had put the BJP in a tough spot forcing it to issue statement in support of the devotees, while its cadre joined the protest on ground. The BJP Kerala unit launched a massive Yatra from Pandalam, the erstwhile ‘kingdom of Ayyappa’. Covering 97 km, the Yatra reached Thiruvananthapuram last fortnight. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s decision to implement the SC order – or rather his perceived haste in implementing the order – actually came as a surprise lifeline for the BJP and the Sangh Parivar.