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
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
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
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
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