Violence continues in Kerala three days after women managed to enter Sabarimala temple with heavy police protection. The Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various right-wing outfits, called for a strike on Friday, which was supported by the BJP and RSS.
Massive violence followed as the right-wing activists tried to impose the strike. Clashes broke out between BJP workers and police in many places, and with CPI(M) activists in other places. Police have arrested around 1,800 people in connection with the outrage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP State President Amit Shah is expected to reach Kerala to extend support for the BJP state committee on Sabarimala issue. Modi will reach Kerala on January 15. He will take part in party programmes and meetings. Modi will reach Kerala on January 15 for the inauguration of Kollam bypass. He will reach again on January 27 in Thrissur to attend Yuva Morcha’s programme. Modi’s visit is relevant considering that he has extended his support for state BJP’s stance on Sabarimala issue.
BJP has decided to intensify protests against the Chief Minister as he confirmed that more women have visited Sabarimala temple. The decision was taken at the BJP-RSS meeting held in Kochi on Friday. The centre has waved green signal for the protests.
The party is also expecting to to kick-off the campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, a senior BJP leader said on Thursday.