Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said BJP’s decision to wind up its agitation in Sabarimala was a step in the right direction.
At a press conference here, the chief minister said that secular mind of the state and its people would never accept agitations aimed at polarising people on religious lines. The BJP had prepared a detailed plan for a prolonged agitation in Sabarimala and even assigned duties to the leaders for mobilising the cadre for each day till December end. However, the Sangh Parivar outfits were forced to withdraw the agitation following the lukewarm response and opposition of devotees.
Pinarayi said the BJP decision also indicated that the stand taken by the government was gaining wider acceptance. If you adopt a stand which is not in tune with society’s thinking then it would be difficult to sustain such agitations.
The chief minister said the cases registered against BJP leaders were not due to the stand taken by the government. It is a part of legal process and enforcement of law.
He said though the BJP had launched an agitation demanding the withdrawal of cases registered against workers, it failed to have any impact.
Pinarayi said his office had no role in the registration of cases against BJP general secretary K. Surendran.
Meanwhile, the Left parties welcomed BJP decision to shift the agitation from the Sabarimala to secretariat....