Thiruvananthapuram: Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran has crticised the opposition over the Sabarimala temple issue. On the second day of the Assembly session in Kerala, the opposition staged a protest over the Sabarimala row. The opposition sought to discuss the lack of facilities in Sabarimala, on November 29.

Surendran said, “The UDF (United Democratic Front) created problems when the Assembly session began, because they have not yet recovered from the shameful stand (not allowing women into the temple) that they have taken over the Sabarimala issue. The UDF is staging a drama under the leadership of Ramesh Chennithala. I have prepared a reply if the Assembly decides to discuss an emergency resolution.”

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The opposition members had staged a protest in the well of the house when the question-answer session started. But, the speaker clarified that such objections could not be allowed every day as the Assembly has to complete scheduled procedures.

This resulted in a dispute between the speaker and the members of the opposition. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that they had discussed the Sabarimala issue in detail on Wednesday. However, the opposition did not agree to this and the Assembly was adjourned after 20 minutes of the meeting.

On November 28, the opposition Congress staged a protest in the Assembly claiming that Vijayan’s speech extended beyond the allotted time.

It has been hinted that the BJP may end their protests at Sabarimala against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the temple.

The decision is taken following the High Court verdict directing to end protests at Sabarimala. The BJP said that the verdict is supportive of the devotees.

Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP has decided to call off their march to Nilakkal and the party has taken a decision that protests will be staged only if the violation of rituals occurs at the famous shrine.