Stalemate in Kerala on Sabarimala issue

Chief priest’s family, Pandalam palace reject CM’s talks offer
The Kerala government’s efforts to find a solution to the row over entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple faced a setback on Sunday with the family of the Tantri (chief priest) and the Pandalam palace rejecting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s offer of talks till the government decides to file a review petition on the Supreme Court verdict.Representatives of the Tantri family, which guides the customs and rituals at the Ayyappa temple, and the Pandalam palace that is closely linked to the legend of the Sabarimala deity, were to meet Mr. Vijayan on Monday. However, they have decided not to travel to the State capital for the meeting till the government goes in for a review petition.
Protests erupt
The decision of the two key actors in the row came even as protests against the verdict escalated across the State and appeared to spill over into neighbouring Tamil Nadu and reached the national capital. Hindu organisations took out ‘prayer processions’ — with a large turnout of women — in different parts of the State.
Palace blames govt.
While members of the Tantri family cited their priestly commitments for their inability to participate in the talks, Pandalam palace managing committee chairman P. Ramavarma Raja and president P.G. Sasikumar Varma said the CPI(M) and the government were to blame for the situation. They said they saw no point in attending the talks given the party’s and the government’s stand against a review petition.
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