Sabarimala remains a controversial topic for the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala. The Congress and the BJP are expecting to win votes over the women entry into the temple.
Though the Election Commission warned the political parties of using the Temple and Lord Ayyappa to seek votes, Congress across the state has come up with posters and campaigns over the issue.
A Congress poster in the Attingal constituency reads: “Vote against those who rioted in Sabarimala.” This has angered the CPIM workers as earlier, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala had accused Pinarayi Vijayan government over the law and order issues in the hill shrine.
The poster included an image of the temple. Election Commission had clearly stated that the parties cannot use the photo of the temple or police action for election propaganda.
On Monday, Wadakanchery MLA Anil Akkara, while seeking votes for Alathur candidate Ramya Haridas, said in his Facebook post that she has to wait 20 more years to become “Malikappuram” (to visit Sabarimala). The statement is to show that Ramya is not supportive of the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to visit the shrine. “It is an unnecessary statement,” said a CPIM supporter.
LDF had earlier complained against BJP for using the photo of Lord Ayyappa shrine in a Sabarimala Karnasamiti pamphlet.