Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday called an all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss the upcoming Sabarimala pilgrimage season after the Supreme Court declined to stay its order allowing all women to pray at the temple.
He told the media here that the verdict was very clear and it had not stayed the September 28 verdict opening the temple to all women. But the Chief Minister was evasive when asked if women in the hitherto banned age group of 10-50 would be allowed to pray in the wake of widespread protests by traditionalists and Hindu rightwing groups.
“We will speak to legal experts on the details of today’s judgment and then decide the future course of action,” said Vijayan. Despite massive protests against the entry of all females into the temple, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to stay its earlier order. A fresh two-month festival season at Sabarimala starts on November 16 when the authorities expect more protests. (IANS)
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