New Delhi, Oct 29, News24 Bureau: With the General Elections round the corner, temple politics is ruling the roost. While the Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of the disputed Ayodhya land, thereby disappointing many Hindu enthusiasts, the VHP is now asking the government to interfere and formulate a law. This is the North Indian chapter of temple politics. In South India, the temple politics is revolving around the Sabarimala temple wherein despite the Supreme Court allowing entry of women between the age group of 10-50 into the Ayyappa temple, the celibate God and thereby thrashing the age-old tradition, the protesters did not allow the women protagonist enter the temple premises.
now BJP president Amit Shah, who has pledged his party's support to devotees protesting the entry of women of all ages into Ayyappa temple, has expressed wish to offer prayers at the hill shrine in Sabarimala during the annual pilgrim season starting on November 17, a party leader said Monday."The BJP president has expressed desire to visit the Sabarimala temple. But no decision has been taken so far," a senior Kerala unit BJP leader said.
Shah's wish to trek the hills comes days after he declared BJP's full support to the agitation by the devotees against CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front government's decision to implement the Supreme Court order lifting the ban on entry of women in 10-50 age group from offering prayers at the shrine.In a scathing criticism of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for taking action against Sabarimala protesters, Shah last week claimed an "Emergency-like" situation was prevailing in the state and accused the government of "playing with fire".If the state government does not stop hurting the devotees, BJP workers would be forced to bring it down, Shah said, drawing a strong reaction from Vijayan, who termed the BJP president's warning an "attack" on the Supreme Court, Constitution and the country's judicial system.
It appears that Mandir politics will play a key role in elections this year. It does not, therefore, surprise that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is making it a point to visit all temples during his election campaign.(Pic Source Internet)