Pinarayi Vijayan on Sabarimala sentiment

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during an exclusive interview with Gulf News in in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: A few people protesting against the Sabarimala Supreme Court verdict on the streets do not represent public opinion, Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s chief minister, told Gulf News in an exclusive interview in the capital on Wednesday evening.


“ Some people are obstructing and attacking the devotees, and policemen who protect the devotees at Shabarimala. The common people will not agree with these evil acts.”

-Pinararyi Vijayan, Kerala’s chief minister

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“You should not be misled by 10 or 20 people who pose in front of the [visual] media. They don’t represent the public opinion,” he said at Dusit Thani Hotel.

The majority of people in Kerala stand by the state government’s view on this issue. “They strongly believe that ideas of renaissance and social reforms, and values of secularism should not be hurt. They are the majority. Others are low in number,” Vijayan said.

“This is an unfortunate situation. The incidents in Kerala are deliberately orchestrated by the RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] and BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] that rule the nation. They are challenging the Supreme Court verdict that nullified certain provision of law, which was unconstitutional,” the chief minister said.

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He said the government will exercise its constitutional duty to implement the Supreme Court (SC) verdict.

 “After the SC verdict, some forces are deliberately attempting to disrupt the peaceful environment and the law and order in the state.  The devotees of Lord Ayyappa [the deity at Sabarimala] cannot be blamed for this situation. They are going for praying to Lord Ayyappa. They will not face any problems,” Vijayan said.

He said it is the state government’s legal duty to offer the pilgrims protection and facilities. “The government will exercise that duty. Some people are obstructing and attacking the devotees, and policemen who protect the devotees at Sabarimala. The common people will not agree with these evil acts,” the chief minister said. 

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