Rajasekharan to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala tonight

Rajasekharan to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala tonight

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Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 14 : Former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan, who resigned from the post to contest the Lok Sabha election from here, will offer prayers to Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala temple on Thursday night.

Mr Rajasekharan's visit gained political attention following State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Teeka Ram Meena's direction that Sabarimala issue should not be used for election campaign citing communal divide among the people.

However, BJP leaders contended the CEO's arguments saying that the Left Government's policy matters related to Sabarimala issues will be raised during the Lok Sabha election. Reacting to the CEO's remarks that using of Sabarimala issue for election campaign will be violation of code of conduct, the former governor said his party will use Sabarimala issue for poll campaign.

The BJP will raise the policy taken by the Government on Sabarimala issue and the Commission has no right to stop the party discussing a policy matter publicly, he said. The same policy may be applied against any church or a mosque in the future by the Government and there is no problem in discussing a policy matter during election, he added.

BJP State General Secretary K Surendran also criticised the CEO's warning and said it is illogical to say that the Sabarimala issue should not be used during election. "It is hundred per cent sure that the BJP will use Sabarimala as an election issue. Instead of issuing illogical warning, the CEO should take initiative to stop bogus voting," he added.

Following the strong opposition from the BJP and the Congress, Teeka Ram Meena has called an all party meeting on Wednesday.

The CEO clarified that the name of Lord Ayyappa should not be used for garnering votes. However, the policy matters and political stands on Sabarimala can be discussed, he said.

However, campaign on the basis of caste, religion and communal issues could create divide in the society resulting into the violation of code of conduct, the CEO added. (UNI)