"It is unfortunate that such an untruthful and concocted campaign has been unleashed by the Prime Minister. Such charges, which had no connection with the truth, is unbecoming of his position," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in an article released to media.
Addressing a massive poll rally in Pathanamthitta, where the famed Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple is located, Gandhi said his party wants an India where people can express what is there inside their heart as long as those expressions are peaceful and non-violent.
Addressing a rally in Theni (Tamil Nadu) Narendra Modi had said the Left and the Muslim League are playing a dangerous game on Sabarimala, and are initiating "to strike at the root of faith and aspiration".
Drawing reference to the arrest of a BJP candidate, Prakash Babu, in connection with clashes over Sabarimala issue, Modi accused the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala of creating an atmosphere where people cannot practise their religion and faith.
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Babu had been booked on an 'attempt to murder charge' by the state police against a woman devotee who had come to offer prayers at the temple during the 'Chithira Atta vishesham' festivities. Babu had appeared in court on Thursday to appeal for bail in the case.
A day after two women entered Sabarimala, several pro-Hindutva outfits have called for a statewide shutdown. The outfit backed by RSS opposes the Supreme Court verdict that lifted the ban on women of all ages in the temple.
On the Sabarimala verdict, union minister Uma Bharti said the court cannot be blamed for its intervention. This comes just days after BJP President Amit Shah said that meddling with the affairs of the temple was a conspiracy by Communists in Kerala.