In his speech in Kannur on Saturday, Shah criticised police action against those who protested against implementing the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women of all ages to the Sabarimala shrine.
The petitioner had cited the recent Supreme Court order lifting the ban on entry of women of menstruating age in Sabarimala Temple and sought a direction to the Centre for issuing an order enabling Muslim women to offer prayers in mosques.
"The protests were borne out of the disappointment and heartbreak of people of the Hindu community over the dismantling of their beliefs. We are not asking for any kind of violence, but the CPM-led government must take note of this," the leader said.
State BJP president P S Sreedharan Pillai said the government should not hurt anyone in its attempt to implement the order. “Sabarimala should not be converted into a ground for ideological struggle. Government should try to create consensus,’’ he said.
Rahul Easwar, president of Ayyappa Dharma Sena and a member of the temple tantri family, said the Sena would file a review petition. “Lord Ayyappa, the deity is an eternal celibate. Hence, the privacy of the deity should be upheld. The deity’s private space is the temple,’’ he said.
"As per the directive of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, an expert team will soon leave for Tirupati to study the Tirumala model development projects," Minister for Devaswom and Tourism Kadakampally Surendran told reporters
A day after two women entered Sabarimala, several pro-Hindutva outfits have called for a statewide shutdown. The outfit backed by RSS opposes the Supreme Court verdict that lifted the ban on women of all ages in the temple.