In a blow to Opposition parties in Kerala, especially the BJP, which proposed to make the Sabarimala issue a major plank for campaign, State Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena has said it would be a violation of the code of conduct.
Sabarimala could not be made part of the coming Lok Sabha election campaign and using it would be treated as code of conduct violation. Necessary instructions in this regard would be issued soon, he added during a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram.
The LDF Government had made all efforts to implement the September 28 Supreme Court verdict allowing women in the 10-50 age group to worship at the shrine. However, there were violent protests, mainly from the BJP-RSS combine, against its implementation. The Congress too had voiced its protest.
Teeka Ram told media persons that misinterpreting the Supreme Court verdict could also be treated as violation of the moral code of conduct.
He said instructions would be put out making clear that the matter could not be used by parties and thus create religious divide among people. Campaigning on the basis of religion and caste was treated as a violation of the moral code conduct.
Teeka Ram added that a meeting would be held with political parties in this regard to make things clear.