Thiruvananthapuram: State Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena reaffirmed the Election Commission’s stand that citing or invoking religious propaganda on Sabarimala issue or the name of Lord Ayyappa would be a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during the Lok Sabha election.
Addressing the all party meeting, Meena said “Using the Supreme Court verdict allowing women entry in Sabarimala will not be a violation of MCC. But the political parties should decide on the dissatisfaction. If it is used to woo voters, it will be considered as violation of MCC and stringent action will be taken against them.”
He added that candidates must reveal their criminal records and publish the same in prominent newspapers. However, the BJP and Congress expressed dissatisfaction over the directive.
Stating that the Chief Electoral Officer did not prevent the use of Sabarimala as a political issue, BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said they would use the Sabarimala issue as their main political weapon in the LS polls.