The apex court earlier refused to stay its September 28 verdict, lifting the ban on girls and women in the 10-50 age group from entering the shrine, and chose to hear a batch of review petitions in open court on January 22.
Numerous protesters were women opposed to the Supreme Court's interference in matters of Hindu observance.
Alleging that pilgrims are being denied basic facilities, he said the Union Minister will visit Pamba and other places to assess the ground reality in this regard. If these women "are to reach the temple, they will have to walk over our bodies".
Alphons's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sits in the opposition in his home state (he was born in Kottayam district).
"The gratuitous action of blocking devotees from ascending the holy hillock and putting them behind bars is not a solution but a reason to complicate the situation further", he said. The blazing issue for the last couple of weeks has witnessed several men and women participating in street-protests and prayer meetings by Lord Ayyappa's devotees.
Hindus carrying customary offerings on their heads wait to worship at the famous Sabarimala temple.
KP Sasikala, the Kerala state president of the right-wing outfit Hindu Aikya Vedi was released from police custody on Saturday, November 17. His visit to the shrine comes in the middle of on-going protests against the detention of more than 30 people at the Sabarimala Temple. They also said that the entire state will erupt in violence if we don't drop our plan. "I also thank Kerala police and I'll return to Sabarimala but without prior announcement", said Desai. The apex court is slated to hear petitions seeking review of its order in January, but has refused to stay it.
Observing black day or a day of protest on Sunday, which commenced at 10 am, the BJP in Kerala took out protests in various locations across the state, including MC Road at Kottarakara, Vytilla in Kochi, numerous locations in Kozhikode, including Thamarassery, Balussery and Vadakara, Kottayam, Attingal, the overbridge near East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, Venjaramoodu, Kattakad and Palakkad.
Younger women devotees are still awaiting their chance. The woman leader, a popular speaker was released on bail by the Sub Divisional Magistrate of Thiruvalla on Saturday afternoon. Reshma Nishanth, a 32-year-old teacher from the city of Kannur in Kerala, has spent recent weeks making the traditional preparations for the Sabarimala pilgrimage, including observing a 41-day fast.
"It has become more and more hard with [these] hooligan elements", she said. All of this drama was done to create a communal violence, he told the media.