Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said women of all age groups should be allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple, a statement that was against the stand taken by his party’s Kerala unit.
Rahul himself noted afterwards that Gandhi that his opinion was different from that of his party on the issue, which is quite emotional.
He said that his personal view point on the issue of Sabarimala temple was that men and women are equal. All women should get permission to enter into the temple. However, my party’s Kerala unit’s view is that it is a very emotional issue for both men and women, he said.
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan welcomed Gandhi’s statement and flayed the state unit saying it was ‘unfortunate’ that the Congress in the state was not in sync with the its national leadership.
In a facebook post, he said it was unfortunate that the Congress in Kerala did not have the same opinion as that of the party’s national leadership on the subject.
However, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala noted that the Congress and the party-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the state were with the believers of Lord Ayyappa who want the ban on entry of girls and women in the menstruating age group to be restored.
He also said that Rahul’s statement was only his personal opinion.