Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma Sunday defended the stand of party's Kerala unit seeking a review of the Supreme Court judgement allowing women of all ages to enter the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala 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 Congress and BJP expressing support to the cause of the Hindu 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 Supreme Court. "Opposition does not take a call on such matters," he said.
He had said Congress would support the government if it filed a review petition against the Supreme Court 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.
He had also said the Kerala 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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