New Delhi: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019, the Kerala Chief Electoral Officer on Monday said that by no means political parties should invoke Sabarimala issue for garnering votes or it will be considered a clear violation of the model code of conduct which came into effect on Sunday. While the Kerala CEC warned against doing any propaganda on the controversial issue, it said that action will be taken if any party is found guilty.

“Citing/invoking or doing some sort of religious propaganda based on #Sabarimala issue/judgement will be a clear violation of the model code of conduct and we will be taking action, ” news agency ANI reported Kerala Chief Electoral Officer T R Meena as saying.

On Sunday, the Election Commission announced the poll schedule for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, which will be held in seven phases starting from April 11 and conclude with counting on May 23 for all phases.

Notably, the Model Code of Conduct, which lays down the dos and don’ts ahead of the elections has come into effect. Among other things, the code bars the government from announcing policy decisions. On this CEC Sunil Arora emphasized, “Any violation of the Model Code of Conduct will be dealt in the strictest manner.”

Sabarimala Issue

The top court had on September 28 paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple, saying that the ban on entry of menstrual age women amounted to gender discrimination.

The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since September 28 with frenzied protests stopping women in the age group of 10-50 from reaching the Lord Ayyappa’s shrine.