Kerala government to take final call on Sabarimala after consulting legal experts; Pinarayi Vijayan

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In the wake of Supreme Court deciding to review its judgement allowing entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government would take a final call on the issue after consulting legal experts.

Speaking to reporters here, Vijayan said the state government would take legal advice on the matter. “I have come to know that the SC will consider the review pleas on January 22. The top court has stated that there is no stay on its September 28 verdict. We will consult legal experts on the matter,” Vijayan said.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Congress and the BJP welcomed the apex court verdict.

Opposition leader in the Kerala assembly Ramesh Chennithala said that the state government should give up its ‘stubbornness’ in implementing the September 28 verdict that allowed women entry to the temple.

“The government should not implement the decision during the upcoming two-month long pilgrim season,” he said.

BJP state President P S Sreedharan Pillai, who undertook a rath yatra from Kasargod in north Kerala to Pathanamthitta, where Sabarimala is situated, to ‘protect’ the Lord Ayyappa temple’s traditions, described the apex court decision as a ‘good step.’

CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the government would implement whatever decision the apex court takes on the issue of women’s entry into the hill top shrine.

Meanwhile, Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru said that it was a “big victory” as the outcome was due to the blessings of Lord Ayyappa.

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