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PTI Thiruvanan
Updated: 19-12-2018 21:25 IST

BJP leader arrested, hospitalised after health deteriorates

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (PTI): BJP state leader C K

Padmanabhan, who was on an indefinite fast here for the last

nine days demanding withdrawal of prohibitory orders at

Sabarimala, was arrested Wednesday and moved to the Medical

College hospital in the city after his health deteriorated.

The Kerala BJP has been on indefinite relay fast in

front of the Secretariat here since December 3 over various

demands, including withdrawal of prohibitory orders and

reducing police restrictions at the hill-top shrine.

BJP state general secretary Shobha Surendran took over

the relay fast after the arrest of Padmanabhan.

Earlier, BJP general secretary A N Radhakrishnan was

on an indefinite fast for eight days.

As his condition deteriorated, he was arrested and

moved to a hospital, following which Padmanabhan began his

fast.

Prohibitory orders had been imposed in and around the

Sabarimala following violent protests against the LDF

government's decision to implement the September 28 Supreme

Court verdict, permitting women of all age groups, into the

shrine.

The government's stand is that it was constitutionally

bound to implement the Apex Court verdict, while the main

opposition UDF has sided with the believers.

The BJP is opposed to any move to allow women in the

10-50 age group to trek to the holy hill for darshan at the

Ayyappa temple.

When the temple was opened for monthly and special

pujas in October and November, there were massive protests by

devotees, following which severe restrictions, including

prohibitory orders, were imposed.

The Congress and the BJP have alleged that due to the

restrictions, there has been a fall in the number of devotees

at the temple since the two-month long pilgrim season began on

November 16.

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COUNTRY : India