ശബരിമല വിഷയത്തില് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പിണറായി വിജയന് സംഘപരിവാറിന്റെ അജണ്ടയില് വീണോ എന്ന് ഇന്ത്യ ടുഡേ വിവരിക്കുന്നു.
മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പിണറായി വിജയന് ആര്എസ്എസ് ഒരുക്കിയ കെണിയില് പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട് എന്നാണ് ഇന്ത്യ ടുഡേ പറയുന്നത്. തങ്ങളുടെ വര്ഗീയ ധ്രുവീകരണ അജണ്ടയില് വിശ്വാസികള് അനുകൂലമായി വന്നിട്ടുണ്ടെന്നാണ് സംഘപരിവാറിന്റെ വിലയിരുത്തലെന്ന് ഇന്ത്യ ടുഡെ പറയുന്നു.
സാധാരണ രാഷ്ട്രീയ എതിരാളികളുടെ കെണികളില് വീണുപോകുന്ന പതിവില്ലാത്തയാളും പ്രതിസന്ധി ഘട്ടങ്ങളെ സമര്ത്ഥമായി തരണം ചെയ്തിട്ടുള്ള നേതാവുമായ പിണറായി ശബരിമല വിഷയത്തില് ശരിക്കും പ്രതിസന്ധിയിലായിട്ടുണ്ട്. ബിജെപിയും സംഘപരിവാറും വച്ച രാഷ്ട്രീയ കെണിയില് അകപ്പെട്ടിരിക്കുകയാണ് അദ്ദേഹം. ഈ പ്രശ്നം സര്ക്കാരിനുണ്ടാക്കിയേക്കാവുന്ന പരിക്ക് വിലയിരുത്താന് പിണറായിയ്ക്ക് കഴിഞ്ഞില്ലെന്നാണ് ഇന്ത്യ ടുഡേയുടെ വിലയിരുത്തല്. ഈ പ്രതിസന്ധി മൂര്ച്ഛിക്കുകയാണ്. സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ ക്രമസമാധാന നില മോശമാകുന്നു.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is known for taking hard decisions and executing them with precision. He seldom falls into the traps set by his rivals and had shown political smartness while dealing crisis.
But, in Sabarimala, he walked into the political trap set by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh and failed to sense its impact on his government.
Now, the crisis is deepening with worsening law and order situation in the state as the BJP and Sangh are trying to test Hindutva sentiments in the Sabarimala women entry issue.
According to him, with protests spreading across Kerala over Sabarimala women entry, the RSS is planning to exploit the situation for its advantage.
“We got a political playground to test ‘Hindu pride’ in the state where Hindus were traditionally fragmented identity and were against Sangh ideology. But Sabarimala protests linked them to Sangh. It will help us widen Hindu network in the state,” he revealed.
Traditionally, 54.73 per cent staunch Kerala Hindus were politically lenient towards Congress and CPI(M) and shunted BJP. The Ezhavas were with CPI(M) and Nairs were with Congress. But, RSS leadership viewed that Sabarimala protests triggered new communal polarisation in the state in its favour.
But a section of RSS leaders does not subscribe to the optimistic approach expressed by the leadership. “It’s a volatile situation emerging out of Sabarimala protests. Initially, RSS national leadership failed to understand the ground situation in Sabarimala women entry issue. So RSS Kerala leadership floated Sabarimala Karma Samithi (action Council) to lead protests and successful in parading women against the Supreme Court order,” another RSS leader pointed out.
According to him, it was Hindus who had awakened the RSS in the Sabarimala issue and not the other way around and the BJP failed to exploit the situation and made blunders in taking advantage of the situation. “Now there is a strong Hindu sentiment against the Pinarayi government in Sabarimala issue. With more restrictions and police action in Sabarimala in the coming days, the chief minister is heading for a crisis situation,” the leader viewed.
Politically, the BJP has scored a major victory after the Nair Service Society came forward to back them in the Sabarimala issue.
CPI(M) leadership has also realised that ongoing protests in Sabarimala may offer space for RSS to make inroads into their vote bank.
“We are watching the situation. They (the BJP and the Sangh) are trying their best to communalise the issue with misinformation campaign and deployed their workers for engineering violence,” A Vijayaraghavan, Left Democratic Front Convenor and CPI(M) Central Committee member told India Today.
According to him, the government has tried for consensus over the Sabarimala Issue, but Congress and the BJP opted for violence.
“They have hidden agendas in stirring up violence and acting unconstitutionally and without responsibilities,” he added.
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Tourism Alphonse Kannanthanam arrived at Sabarimala and censured officials for not providing basic amenities in Pamba for devotees. While interacting with the media, Kannanthanam alleged that the government failed to provide basic amenities to devotees despite his directive and the Union government sanctioning Rs 100 crore for making basic infra arrangements.
“It’s police raj in Sabarimala. Police is using brutal force against the devotees. The government is responsible for police actions,” Kannanthanam warned government.
Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran countered the Union minister’s claim and told India Today that the Union ministry had allocated only Rs 18 crore for Sabarimala so far.
“Union Tourism Minister’s claims are false and misleading about the developmental activities in Sabarimala. The state government has limitations in undertaking developmental activities there as all construction activities should be sanctioned by the high-level committee appointed by the Supreme Court. Since the region falls under the tiger reserve, the National Tiger Reserve Authority should also grant permission for the construction activities,” the minister revealed.
The BJP is planning to bring in more leaders to Sabarimala to trap the government while protests are taking a violent turn. Today, the BJP workers tried to block the chief minister in Kozhikode with black flags. In the coming days, more Union ministers and leaders are going to visit Sabarimala to offer moral support for the protests.
Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court ordered the government to restrict police presence in Sabarimala and criticised police for overdoing their activities. The high court observed that police interventions in Sabarimala had exceeded the limits. The bench also directed the government to submit the list of police officers deployed in Sabarimala and their credentials.
With the high court order, the government would be forced to restrict police activities at Sannidhanam and Sabarimala.
“Pinarayi is paying high price for depending on police and galaxy of advisors. Even after two and half years, he has not realised the ineffectiveness of his police and its advisors. They can only worsen a situation and Sabarimala is the best example,” lawyer and media critic A Jayashanker concluded.