THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After 5,769 arrests and 1,869 cases registered, Kerala had a peaceful day on Sunday after a four day long violence following the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple.

"It's the government's duty to implement the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages into the shrine to offer prayers," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. He added that they would not be cowed down by threats of "constitutional consequences" for Sabarimala violence.

Mr Vijayan has asked the BJP national leadership to instruct its cadre in Kerala to stop creating violence in the state.

"The state has a constitutional duty to implement the Supreme Court order. There is no violence other than the ones created by the RSS, BJP and the Sangh Parivar. And now they are threatening the state with constitutional consequences," Mr Vijayan said in a Facebook post.

The chief minister's post came on a day Union minister Smriti Irani alleged that the CPI(M)-led LDF government was arresting BJP workers for raising their voice against the state.
 

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