Campaign to collect 1.5 crore signatures on Sabarimala issue

Campaign to collect 1.5 crore signatures on Sabarimala issue
The Karma Samithis have been asked to attract at least 25,000 people at each meeting.

Pathanamthitta: The Sabarimala Karma Samithi has decided to collect 1.5 crore signatures from devotees before November 13, when the Supreme Court will consider the review petitions filed over the entry of young women to Sabarimala Temple. These signatures will be presented to the President of India. The Samithi has already started collecting the signatures. On November 11 and 12, the Sabarimala protection meets will be held at all district headquarters. Participation of a large number of women will be ensured at all programmes. The Karma Samithis have been asked to attract at least 25,000 people at each meeting. The task is being coordinated directly by the RSS leadership.

The Sangh Parivar leadership has scheduled a meeting of top functionaries on November 13 to discuss the measures to be adopted after the Supreme Court hearing on that day. The RSS leadership feels that the issue of blocking a 52-year-old woman at Sabarimala has taken the sheen off the stir. The Sabarimala Karma Samithi says that 25 members of an extreme Hindu organization were responsible for the incident and the RSS members happened to be at the place. However, the police do not believe this version.

All Hindu bodies are eagerly looking forward to the decision of the Supreme Court on November 13. If the order is not favourable, the stir would have to be given a new shape. The Sangh Parivar knows very well that the mode of agitation that it has launched now cannot be conducted during the entire pilgrim season. The RSS will be trying to involve the central government in the matter before that date. However, there may be criticism over bypassing the state government if the central government introduces an ordinance or enacts a new law.

A section of Sangh Parivar leaders feels that the stir should be continued as long as possible and when conditions are favourable, make the central government to introduce the ordinance.

A decision has been taken to ensure the participation of at least 1 lakh people during the conclusion of BJP’s chariot procession in Pathanamthitta. A large number of women will also take part in the meeting. The BJP state leadership is making an effort to invite national president Amit Shah to the event.

Premkumar appointed Additional District Magistrate of Sabarimala

Devikulam subcollector V R Premkumar has been appointed as Additional District Magistrate in-charge of Sabarimala and adjacent areas.

The decision in this regard was taken at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday.

The official will be coordinating the functions of all government departments and agencies near Sabarimala, Pamba and Nilakkal region during the Sabarimala pilgrimage season, a government press release said.

Premkumar was recently in the news for his tough stand in the land grab cases involving senior politicians in Munnar.

(With inputs from PTI)