Kerala Chief Electoral Officer warns against using Sabarimala issue during Lok Sabha poll campaign  

The Sabarimala row, over the entry of all women to the shrine, has been declared a taboo subject by the Chief Electoral officer in Kerala who said that it should not be used in the election campaign

The warning comes less than a day after the Election Commission of India announced the Lok Sabha election 2019 dates which will be held in seven phases across the country.  
The warning comes less than a day after the Election Commission of India announced the Lok Sabha election 2019 dates which will be held in seven phases across the country.

IANS

The Sabarimala row, over the entry of all women to the famed shrine, has been declared a taboo subject by the Chief Electoral officer in Kerala who said on Monday that it should not be used in the election campaign.

Tikka Ram Meena told the media that the Sabarimala issue cannot be debated in the election campaign by anyone.

He said, “Citing or invoking or doing some sort of religious propaganda based on Sabarimala issue or judgement will be a clear violation of the model code of conduct and we will be taking action.”

"I will soon call a meeting of all political parties and this information will be passed on to them. If anyone violates the order, it will be seen as a violation of the model code of conduct and appropriate action will follow," said Meena.

The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple, including those from the hitherto banned group of 10 to 50 years.

The matter is being heard in the Supreme Court.

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