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Priority to lead Kerala on a progressive path; not afraid of

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

: Amid raging protests over the issue, Vijayan Wednesday said his government's only priority was to lead the state on a progressive path and not be afraid of losing a few seats or votes.

He alleged that some people were trying to create a communal divide in

"The only priority is to keep on the developmental and progressive path. It doesn't matter if we lose a few seats or some votes... We cannot sacrifice the progressive Kerala where people see each other as humans and without any divide," Vijayan said.

The said he would not allow

social evils to pull Kerala backwards for a few votes.

"Certain people are trying to create a communal divide in Kerala. If we had allowed division in the name of customs and beliefs, today's Kerala would not have existed," he said at an event here.

The doors of the temple were opened for six days on October 17 for the first time since the allowed entry of women of all age groups into the hill temple.

Attempts by around a dozen women, including activists and journalists in the 10-50 years age group, to script history came to nought as frenzied devotees of Lord heckled and hassled them and forced them to retreat.

The temple opened Monday for the second time in three weeks for a two-day special puja amid unprecedented security over apprehension of protests by those opposing the order, allowing women of menstrual age there.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 21:55 IST