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It is for Centre, Ker govt to take call on Sabarimala issue:

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Senior Sunday defended the stand of party's unit seeking a review of the judgement allowing women of all ages to enter the in and urged the central and state governments to take a call on the issue.

"They (state unit leaders) are the best judges to connect with the local tradition, historical practices and sentiments to ensure there is a balance," he told reporters here.

His comments come amid protests in the state against the CPIM-led LDF government's decision not to seek review of the apex court order and the state and expressing support to the cause of faithful.

"There is a debate which is on and that debate should conclude in a healthy manner eventually. This is the essence of democracy," Sharma, here for a party meeting, said.

Replying to a question, he said it was for the central and the state governments to decide on filing a review plea in the "Opposition does not take a call on such matters," he said.

Pradesh Committee (KPCC) has urged the to convene an all-party meet to discuss the present developments.

He had said Congress would support the government if it filed a review petition against the verdict, which lifted the restrictions imposed on the entry of women belonging to the age group of 10-50 in the hill shrine.

The Congress had last week said there was no contradiction in the party's stand at the national and state level on the issue.

Congress had said the verdict was final and binding and there cannot be any discrimination on the ground of gender as per the country's Constitution.

He had also said the unit of the Congress was only expressing the sentiments of the people of the state by demanding a review of the apex court's verdict.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 19:15 IST