Even as the Kerala government reiterated that it will abide by the Supreme Court order and not dilute its stand on the sabrimala issue, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday proposed that certain arrangements can be made — like fixing of designated days — to let women of menstrual age enter the shrine. The suggestion, however, did not go down well with the Congress-led UDF and the BJP, who walked out of the all-party meeting called by the CM to discuss the issue.
The meeting comes two days after the Supreme Court decided to review its decision allowing women of all ages to enter the hilltop shrine. The SC, however, had iterated that it was not putting a stay on the decision and that women will be allowed to enter the temple when it opens tomorrow. The Congress and the BJP — the Opposition parties in the state — had welcomed the SC’s decision to hear review petitions. A total of 48 review petitions will be taken up by the apex court on January 22.