BJP President Amit Shah, arguably the second most powerful man in the Indian government after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday issued a chilling warning to the Supreme Court.
Speaking in Kannur after inaugurating a party office for the BJP, Shah expressed his displeasure on the Kerala government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court’s order, allowing women’s entry into Sabarimala temple. He warned the state’s communist government to not play with the religious beliefs of the Hindus. He was referring to the government’s decision to arrest several thousand goons, who had stopped women from entering the temple despite the order being passed by the highest court in India.
The goons disguised as devotees had violently attacked female journalists from several media houses as they arrived there to cover the opening of the Sabarimala temple.
Addressing a rally in Kannur, Shah said, “I’ve come here to warn Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan…They are interfering with the temple of Lord Ayyappa. There is a ploy to destroy Hindu temples in Kerala.”
Then came a chilling warning, albeit veiled, by Shah for both the state government and the Supreme Court. He said, “I want to tell governments and the court. Governments and court should issue orders that can be implemented. Orders that attack the beliefs of people should not be passed.”
Amit Shah may have issued the threat in the context of his support for the devotees of Sabarimala, who stopped women devotees from entering the temple, in a clear violation of the Supreme Court’s order. But, his comments assume significance in light of the case being heard by the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya dispute. This seems to be a clear sign yet by the BJP that it will not hesitate to disobey the Supreme Court’s order in the event that it doesn’t allow the construction of the Ram Temple at the site where Babri Masjid existed until 6 December 1992.
On 6 December 1992, thousands of Hindutva terrorists, supported by top BJP leaders, had attacked the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya to demolish it completely. The development had caused widespread riots across India, killing thousands of people, mostly Muslims.