‘His comments on Sabarimala verdict contempt of court’
The Opposition parties on Sunday termed BJP president Amit Shah’s comments on the Supreme Court judgment allowing entry of women to the Sabarimala shrine as unconstitutional and contempt of court and hoped that the court would take suo motu cognisance of them and initiate action. Addressing a meeting in Kerala’s Kannur on Saturday, Mr. Shah listed court verdicts which have not been implemented, including on ‘jallikattu’ (a traditional bull-taming sport of Tamil Nadu) and prohibiting loudspeakers in mosques, and said “impractical” directions should not be given by courts, and they should pass only orders that could be implemented.
‘Hand behind protest’
The CPI(M) cited this speech to repeat its allegation that the BJP was orchestrating the violent protests that have hit Kerala following the September 28 judgment. The party’s Polit Bureau said in a statement here that Mr. Shah’s remarks exposed the hand behind the agitation. “The ruling party president blatantly ridicules the Supreme Court judgment in keeping with the RSS-BJP’s contempt for the Constitution and the Supreme Court. The threat of toppling the Kerala government if it continues to uphold the judgment is another display of the anti-democratic, authoritarian attitude typical of Amit Shah,” the party said. Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said Mr. Shah’s comments showed the BJP’s frustration over its failure to make a significant electoral mark in the State.
“Amit Shah was permitted to land in the Kannur airport which is to be opened on November 9. That is our tradition of hospitality. But he is threatening to oust the Kerala government. Such empty threats do not frighten us,” he said on Twitter. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Mr. Shah’s comments were another attempt to first weaken and then finish off institutions. He said that Mr Shah’s remarks “insult intelligence of the institution and the electorate“. “It is the goal of the BJP to first weaken institutions and then finish them…there is a long list, be it CBI, EC, CVC and the CIC…now same intervention has been made without understanding of law,” Singhvi told a press conference here. Singhvi also dubbed the remarks of Uttar radesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that the SC should pronounce a verdict on the Ram temple matter too like Sabarimala as one lacking knowledge of law and the Constitution.