Malappuram, Mar 18 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayai Vijayan on Thursday said that he will discuss the issue of women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple, between the age of 10 and 50 years, once the Supreme Court finally disposes the case.
Trying his best to evade the difficult question from the media on why one of his Ministers had apologized for the state governments’ stance on the Sabarimala women entry issue and related unfortunate incidents, Mr Vijayan said at a media conference that it was a non-issue now and would discuss the same once the Apex Court finally disposes the case.
The Chief Minister said there is nothing to be discussed or debated now on Sabarimala and the topic would arise only when the larger bench of the Supreme court would give its final verdict on the issue.
The decision to allow women in Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala was taken by the Top Court.
However, once the apex court dispose the case, the Government will discuss with stakeholders before a decision is taken.
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday told media that he was not aware why Minister Kadakampally Surendran had apologized for the issues related with the entry of women in Sabarimala.
The party had taken a right stand on the issue in tune with its policy on equality for women as stated in the Constitution, Mr Yechury said, adding that it was the party’s state unit to give a clarification.
NSS General Secretary (NSS) G Sukumaran Nair had demanded clarity on the government’s stance on the issue after Mr Yechury entrusted the job of clarification on the state unit of the party.
The Nair Service Society (NSS) said the Government and the Chief Minister have a moral responsibility to clarify their position on the Sabarimala issue.
Opposition leader in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala and the BJP State president K Surendran were among the leaders who demanded an explanation on the issue from the Chief Minister.