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Cong believes in allowing people to express faith, says Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  Pathanamthitta 

With the BJP led NDA trying to turn the Sabarimala issue into a major poll plank, Tuesday said his party believes in allowing people to express their faith and sentiments and never stop them from "genuinely" expressing their belief.

Addressing a massive poll rally in Pathanamthitta, where the famed is located, Gandhi said his party wants an "where people can express what is there inside their heart as long as those expressions are peaceful and non-violent."

However, he was cautious not to mention the name of Lord Ayyappa or the recent agitations witnessed by the state against the entry of young women there.

Pathanamthitta was ground zero of the Sabarimala women's entry agitations last year.

The entire Kerala, including Pathanamthitta, had witnessed frenzied protests by devotees and right wing outfits against the CPI-M-led LDF government's decision to implement the September 28 verdict, permitting women of allage groups into the hillock shrine.

"The party believes in allowing all people to express their faith, express their beliefs and express their sentiments," Gandhi said.

"But theCongress will never take an action that stops people from genuinely expressing their faith," he said, adding that he leaves the matter to the "wisdom of the people of the state."

The also said he chose Wayanad in as his second constituency as the southern state respects other people's ideas.

Pathanamthitta is witnessing a fierce tri-cornered fight between Anto Antony of the Congress-led UDF, of the CPI(M)-headed LDF and BJP-NDA nominee K Surendran.

had, while addressing an election meeting in Kozhikode on April 12, also not mentioned the words like 'Sabarimala' or 'Lord Ayyappa'.

But the had said that the BJP government would ensure that the centuries old beliefs of devotees would be protected.

However during his campaign meetings in later,Modi had alleged that the communists, Congress and were playing a dangerous game on the Sabarimala issue, which Minister rubbished as "misleading" and "utter lies".

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 16:25 IST