The BJP on Saturday continued to assault Kerala’s ruling LDF over the Sabarimala challenge with Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman alleging Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran dedicated a sin by unleashing police on devotees of Lord Ayyappa through the Sabarimala protests in 2018.
“The devotee who had gone to visit (darshan) the swami (god) was hit.This man (the Devaswom Minister), he cannot atone this sin if he does penance (tapas) even for 500 years,” Ms Sitharaman informed a ballot assembly held in a North Kerala constituency on the penultimate day of campaigning for the state Assembly elections.
Her assertion got here a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Devaswom Minister as “one of the masterminds” to bathe lathis on the devotees.
Reacting to PM Modi’s allegation, Kadakampally Surendran stated the Prime Minister made such a comment as he was misled by the state BJP management.
PM Modi had chanted “Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa” thrice at a ballot rally held in Konni in Pathanamthitta on Friday.
The BJP has fielded its firebrand chief Sobha Surendran in opposition to Kadakampally Surendran, a senior CPI(M) chief, in Kazhakootam Assembly constituency in Thiruvananthapuram district.