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Updated: 07-11-2018 21:55 IST

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

losing seats: CM

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 7 (PTI): Amid raging protests

over the Sabarimala issue, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi

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 Kerala.

"The only priority is to keep Kerala 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 Chief Minister 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 Sabarimala temple were opened for six

days on October 17 for the first time since the Supreme Court

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 Ayyappa heckled

and hassled them and forced them to retreat.

The Ayyappa 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

Supreme Court order, allowing women of menstrual age there.PTI



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