The Congress and the BJP walked out of the all-party meeting on Sabarimala called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday. The Chief Minister’s meeting was aimed at discussing the row over the entry of women of menstruating ages at the Sabarimala temple, ahead of the two-month-long annual ‘Mandala Makkaravillakku’ or the pilgrimage season, set to start on November 17.
“We have to see if particular days can be fixed for women…this needs to be discussed. The Supreme Court clearly said that the September 28 verdict stands and that means women should be allowed. The state government can not take any stand against this verdict, though we respect the feelings of the devotees,” said the Chief Minister after the two opposition parties walked out of the meeting.