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Highlights: On Sabarimala row, Amit Shah says ‘Kerala govt insulting Ayyappa devotees, BJP standing like rock with devotees’

BJP national president Amit Shah is in Kerala’s Kannur for the inauguration of the party’s new district office. Here are the updates.

By Ramesh Babu | Oct 27, 2018 23:02 IST

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday inaugurated the party’s new district office in Kannur . The office, called Mararji Bhavan, is located in Kannur’s Thalikavu.

Follow the updates here:

5:30 pm IST

Will do everything to protect our beliefs, says Amit Shah

In the past few days, the way Sabarimala devotees are being attacked and the way beliefs are being played with in the name of Supreme Court’s judgement, I want to clarify that SNDP (Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam) and BJP will together strongly fight the government atrocities and do everything to protect our beliefs, says Amit Shah

1:37pm IST

Govt should concentrate on flood relief: Amit Shah

“Instead of cracking a whip on poor Ayyappa devotees the government should concentrate more flood relief. From October 30 to November 13 the party will organise state wide programmes to expose the left government and save Sabarimala. We are ready to go to any extent to save Sabarimala,” says Amit Shah.

1:29pm IST

Kerala govt hell-bent on tackling peaceful devotees: Amit Shah

“Instead of giving relief to the flood-hit, now the governmentt is hell-bent on tackling peaceful devotees. A non-believer government is trying to do enough dirty jobs int the name of a verdict,” says Amit Shah.

1:25pm IST

Kerala is under emergency: Amit Shah

“Kerala is under another emergency. Even women are not spared. Women are getting arrested even at the dead of nights,” says Amit Shah

1:21pm IST

There are many temples where only women are allowed: Amit Shah

“I also ask even courts not to impose verdicts that are not practical. How can you sacrifice belief of over 5 crore devotees? Hindus never discriminated againt women. In all festivals, wife sits and takes part with the man.

Hindu belief and customs vary in different regions. There are many temples where only women are allowed. It is particular temples customs.” says Amit Shah.

1:15pm IST

BJP standing like a rock with Ayappa devotees: Amit Shah

“The party is standing like a rock with devotees. The whole country is with you. It seems the last Left government will not last for long if situation continues like this,” says Amit Shah

1:10pm IST

Kerala government insulting Ayyappa devotees: Amit Shah

“The Kerala government is insulting Ayyappa devotees. It is sad the government fails to see writing on the wall. Now they are filling jails with devotees.How can they arrest devotees who chant hymns?”, he says.

1:07pm IST

An important day for BJP workers of all country: Amit Shah

Amit Shah begins his speech. “This is an important day for BJP workers of all country. We built a beautiful memorial for hundreds of party workers who sacrificed their lives. Your sacrifice won’t go wasted. We will remember as long as last drop of our blood remains in our body,” he says.

1:05pm IST

Amit Shah’s visit comes at crucial time: Kerala BJP president

Amit Shah’s visit comes at a crucial time, said state president PS Sreedharan Pillai.

12:34pm IST

Amit Shah inaugurates district office

Amit Shah lit the lamp and opened the BJP’s new district office in Kannur.

11:46am IST

Amit Shah arrives at venue

BJP president Amit Shah arrives at the venue amid tight security.