The BJP called off its 49-day relay hunger strike in front of the Secretariat on Sunday. Though state president P S Sreedharan Pillai himself admitted the agitation was not a complete success, the party and RSS believe it has achieved its desired political mileage.
National executive member P K Krishnadas broke his fast by sipping lemon juice in the presence of several leaders even though V Muraleedharan MP and state general secretary K Surendran were conspicuous by their absence.
The saffron party decided to call off the agitation following the closure of Sabarimala temple and also due to the stubborn approach of the state government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Pillai, meanwhile, said the party would continue the hunger strike once the Sabarimala temple reopens for the Kumbha monthly poojas mid-February.
“The agitation has turned the entire attention towards the BJP and even the Chief Justice of India said he knew the developments on the Sabarimala issue. Even the international media took up the issue, thanks to the BJP’s relay hunger strike,” Pillai told.