New Delhi: The Cmmunist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri Friday hit back at the Modi Government in New Delhi accusing it of hypocrisy on its tall claims of gender equality, and asked why it was not adapting the same yardstick which it so proudly applied in case of triple talaq.
"Asserting that equality of men and women is fundamental to our constitution and that should be protected, the government brought ordinance banning triple talaq. Why the government is not applying the same principle to Sabarimala?” Sitaram Yechuri asked.
"The BJP welcomed the Supreme Court verdict regarding entry of women in Sabarimala Temple saying that equality of women is sacred in our Constitution. Having welcomed that, now the RSS chief says that is the matter of faith", he added.
"When the Triple Talaq issue was raked, we had constantly taken a stand that we are against the practice and its instantaneous application. Lok Sabha passed the bill, it came to the Rajya Sabha where members said it should go to a select committee as it has flaws. But, then the Central government brought about an ordinance, on what ground?", Yechuri asked.
“The only agenda here is to whip up communal polarisation with the hope that this will give them some political and electoral benefit. This is the worst form of vote-bank politics which is being played in the country", he said.
"Seeking the consolidation of the Hindutva communal vote bank at the expense of destroying our social harmony. And, this is very dangerous,” said Yechury.
Meanwhile on Friday two women, a reporter from Hyderabad in her late 20s and an activist from Kerala, reached the hilltop but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala Temple following massive protests by Hindu devotees.
A large number of devotees blocked the young women and police team escorting them at Valiya Nadappandhal, the queue complex located a few metres away from the holy 'pathinettam padi' (the 18 sacred steps), leading to the sanctum sanctorum.
The tension was defused after the women agreed to return as the state government made it clear it did not want to take them to the Sannidhanam, the temple complex, by using force against the protesting devotees.
The chief priest had earlier warned that he would close the Sabarimala shrine and stop puja if any women below 50 years of age entered the premises.
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