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Thiruvananthapuram: The family of the hereditary priests (tantris) attached to the Sabarimala temple has refused to hold talks with the Kerala government on the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups into the hill shrine.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had called for a meeting on Monday to discuss the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that threw open the temple to all women.

However, the family on Sunday refused to meet the government.

“Let us hear the final decision of the state government with regards to the filing of a review petition against the apex court’s verdict. Once that is known, then we will decide on what needs to be done. To deploy female police personnel on the temple premises is a violation of the temple practices,” Sabarimala priest Kandararu Mohanaru told media.

Following the verdict, Pinarayi had categorically said that no review petition would be filed and the state government will do all the things needed to implement the order.

Protests over the entry of women in Sabarimala has gained momentum after the LDF government said no to review.

On Saturday, hundreds of devotees, mostly women, took part in the ‘namajapa’ rallies – march whiile chanting the name of Lord Ayyappa – in Kottayam and Malappuram districts against the LDF government’s decision to implement the top court verdict without going for a review.

The opposition Congress and BJP had come out against the government stand and alleged that the Left government was trying to implement the court order in haste without taking into consideration the sentiments of the believers.

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