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CPI(M) seeks EC action against PM for Sabarimala remarks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CPI(M) Tuesday wrote to demanding action against for allegedly violating the model code of conduct and communally polarising voters by making remarks on the issue.

Addressing a rally in Theni inTamil Nadu, had said the Left and the are playing a dangerous game on Sabarimala, and are initiating "to strike at the root of faith and aspiration".

In a letter to the CEC, party member Nilotpal Basu said the remarks made by the PM were a "flagrant violation" of the model code of conduct.

"This is a clear example as to how is not only violating MCC but also implicitly challenging the order of the to refrain from using temple and Lord Ayyappa in the election campaign. To recapitulate, the has, time and again, reiterated that it does not stand against faith; but was confining itself to implementing the order/" Basu said.

"Bringing in the question of faith and accusing the in Kerala, the was trying to appeal to the people belonging to the 'faith' which is clearly against MCC, as well as, your specific order," he said, urging the poll body to take immediate appropriate action against Modi.

In March, poll authorities asked political parties to refrain from soliciting votes in the name of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala, in the elections.

had witnessed frenzied protests over the women's entry issue after the CPI(M)-led had decided to implement the September 28, 2018 verdict, allowing women of all age groups to offer prayers at the hill shrine.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 17:45 IST
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