Thousands turn up for Sabari protest march in Kochi
Kochi: Protests against the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple continued in Kochi on Saturday, with women carrying placards ‘Ready to Wait’ and men holding banners ‘Protect the Sanctity of Poonkavanam’ hitting the streets in large numbers.
While organizers claimed 50,000 people turned up for the demonstrations, police said about 22,000 joined the ‘Prayer Procession to Protect the Hindu Dharma’ jointly spearheaded by about 70 Hindu outfits. The protesters demanded that the government intervene in the issue and protect the rituals and traditions of the sacred hill shrine. They urged authorities to stop the entry of women into the temple till the SC decides on the review petition.
The rally was inaugurated by Guruvayur Temple tantri Chennas Dinesan Namboodiripad. Several political leaders, cultural and social activists participated in the rally.
Meanwhile, the CPM state committee that met on Saturday approved a detailed plan for defending the “campaign of lies” unleashed by Congress and Sangh Parivar in the Sabarimala issue. The ‘counter campaign’ will make efforts to sensitise party members, clear doubts among the families of party members and fellow travellers and give convincing answers to questions posed by opponents in the public.
The CPM is of the view that the political game played by Congress will be suicidal. They are also cautious about the strategy of BJP to reap dividends by playing divisive politics in the issue.
The crowd had gathered to protest against the SC order