No permission for private bill on Sabarimala issue

Thiruvananthapuram: A private bill proposed in the Kerala Assembly demanding legislation on Sabarimala issue has been rejected. The Speaker denied permission for the bill pointing out that the demands in the bill have no legal validity.

It was Kovalam MLA M. Vincent who sought permission for the private bill demanding that the state government should make a law in the Sabarimala issue. The bill was moved to law department for its consideration.

Along with the reply of the law department, the office of the Speaker informed that the bill was denied permission. The bill stated that the devotees in Sabarimala can be considered as a separate community and so the state government is responsible for making a law to protect their customs and rituals.

However, the law department responded that the demands raised in the bill will not exist in the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict and the bill cannot be considered. Following this, the bill was rejected.

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