Senior BJP leader K. Sreedharan Pillai, on Saturday alleged that the CPI(M) led LDF government was responsible for the unfortunate stampede at Pullumedu near Sabarimala which claimed 102 lives.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr. Pillai, a former BJP State president, alleged that the state government had failed to provide basic facilities for the pilgrims.
The state government did not widen the narrow traditional forest roads, which had resulted in the tragedy, he said.
The Centre was also equally responsible for the tragedy, he charged.
Demanding a judicial probe into the tragedy, Mr. Pillai asked the government to give a solatium of Rs. 25 lakh each to the victims.
BJP had submitted memorandums to the government on several occasions on the need for providing basic facilities to the pilgrims, he said.
One hundred and two Ayyappa pilgrims were killed and 50 injured in a stampede at Pullumedu near the famous Sabarimala hill shrine last night.