Thiruvananthapuram: Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran has denied the charges levelled by the Opposition regarding the government’s negligence towards the pilgrims at Sabarimala and said that the maximum possible infrastructure was set up within the limited time available.
The BJP and RSS were now trying to unleash a psychological war, which the government would strongly deal with, he told reporters here on Thursday.
He alleged that the Opposition had disrupted the Assembly fearing that any discussion on Sabarimala would expose the communal agenda of Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala.
Explaining the work done for the pilgrims at Nilakkal, he said parking facilities for 20,000 vehicles, halting facility for 9,000 pilgrims and about 920 toilets, including 450 bio-toilets, were provided. Concrete constructions would be avoided at Pampa in future.
Permission would be sought to remove the sand that has accumulated at Pampa following the floods, he said.
He pointed out that the personal attacks being made by the BJP and RSS against police officers were part of a psychological war as their protests had failed. The government will support the police officials. Owing to the regulations and prohibitory orders, genuine devotees could now have smooth darshan at Sabarimala, he claimed....