THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Kerala minister on Friday said women rights activist Trupti Desai who has been blocked at Kochi airport is an RSS activist and she is being used by the BJP to further its political agenda in the state in the name of Lord Ayyappa, the deity at Sabarimala temple.
Ms Desai, who wants to offer prayers at the hill shrine, has been stopped by hundreds of protesters at the Kochi airport since she landed at 4:30 am.
“Trupti Desai is an RSS activist. Behind her plans to enter the temple, there is the thinking of RSS,” Kerala Minister VS Sunil Kumar told NDTV.
The minister who belongs to the CPI, the second biggest constituent after the CPI(M) in the Left-led government in the state said the BJP, its ideological mentor RSS and the Congress have come together to “fight” the state government.
“But their fight is against the Supreme Court,” he said.
The Supreme Court in a historic ruling in September allowed women of all ages to enter the temple, lifting a ban on the decades-old custom of keeping the women of menstruating age off the bounds of the hill shrine.
The minister asked why the activists of the BJP or RSS hadn’t stopped Ms Desai in her hometown Pune.