Hitting out at the LDF government in Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the way it handled the row over women's entry in the revered Sabarimala temple was ''most shameful.'' Lambasting the Pinarayi Vijayan government over Sabarimala issue, the PM said that the Communists do not respect Indian history, culture and spirituality.
Violent protests broke out in the state, during which over 3,000 people were arrested, after the entry of two women into the hilltop shrine of Sabarimala in the first week of January. Women of childbearing age have traditionally been prohibited from the entering the shrine, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa who is considered to be a celibate deity, but the practice was termed illegal by the Supreme Court.
Modi said while the BJP’s stand is very clear and it stands with the culture of the land, the Left says “one thing in Parliament and another in Pathanamthitta (where the Lord Ayyappa shrine is located).” “The actions of our party match our words. If there is one party that has been at the forefront of standing with Kerala and its culture, it is BJP,” he said.