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BJP and Congress ‘together’ on Sabarimala temple issue, targeted CPM government

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There is a huge crowd gathering in Sabarimala temple these days.

Thiruvananthapuram: The bitter opposition parties BJP and Congress seem to be on the same page regarding the poor facilities at the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Let us tell you that amid reports of Sabarimala pilgrimage being halted due to poor facilities, while BJP criticized the CPM-led government of the state, Congress-led UDF MPs raised slogans of ‘Save Sabarimala’ and ‘Justice for pilgrims’. Planted. Let us tell you that even before this, Congress has been making strong attacks on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

‘Communists want to destroy Sabarimala’

Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan criticized the Communist government for creating difficulties for pilgrims by failing to provide good facilities in the temple town. He said, ‘Everyone knows that the communists want to destroy Sabarimala because this is their ideology. Ever since the current season started, pilgrims are facing problems due to lack of facilities. We all know that this pilgrimage is not something that has started recently, it has been the most popular pilgrimage site for centuries. The government is bent on destroying this temple.

Huge crowd gathering in Sabarimala temple

Let us tell you that in the last 5 days, there has been an unprecedented crowd in the temple and more than 80,000 pilgrims have reached here. People stand in queues for 5 to 6 hours waiting for darshan but for the last few days it is taking around 15 to 20 hours. This is the reason why many pilgrims are facing a lot of problems. The Congress leadership has been criticizing the Vijayan administration for not ensuring smooth pilgrimage. On Tuesday morning, angry Congress-led UDF MPs raised slogans and demanded better facilities for Sabarimala and the pilgrims visiting there.

Youth Congress workers also targeted

On Tuesday, angry Youth Congress workers stormed the office of the Travancore Devaswom Board (the body that manages the Sabarimala temple), demanding immediate intervention of the state government. The opposition pointed out that there has been a complete administrative breakdown in Sabarimala, while the Vijayan government is on a statewide bus tour since November 27. Ministers will return to their offices only on Christmas Eve. Whereas, Minister of State for Devaswom K. Radhakrishnan rejected all the allegations and said that the opposition’s claims were made for political gain.

‘Many pilgrims came so it became crowded’

Radhakrishnan said, ‘A large number of pilgrims have come this season, hence there has been crowding. The authorities have tried their best to provide them all the necessary facilities. We have now decided to reduce the number of darshan and spot bookings. Let us tell you that the first phase of the season ends on 27th December and reopens for the second phase on 30th December. Situated on the mountains of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 meters above sea level, the Sabarimala temple is at a distance of 4 kilometers from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, which is about 100 km from Thiruvananthapuram. (IANS)

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