'Withdraw cases against Anti-CAA, Sabarimala women's entry issue protesters'

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Kottayam (Ker),Feb 15 (PTI) Targetting the ruling CPI(M)- led LDF over the Sabarimala women's temple entry issue and the anti-CAA protests in the run up to the assembly polls, due in April-May, the opposition UDF on Monday demanded that cases slapped on those who protested over these issues be withdrawn.

Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the LDF government has registered cases against thousands of people who participated in these protests, including Ayyappa devotees who protested against a Supreme Court order,permitting entry of women in all age groups in Sabarimala temple, have been arrested.

Chennithala, slammed the LDF for adopting a 'revengeful' approach towards the people over the issue.

The senior Congress leader, who is leading the party's 22 day 'Aiswarya Kerala Yatra', which started on January 31, protesting against LDF 'misrule' and promising good governance if voted to power, told reporters that it would withdraw the cases registered against these protesters if the Front won.

it would also not implement the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Kerala had witnessed huge anti-CAA protests in 2019 and early 2020, demanding that the controversial law be scrapped.

Thousands of people had participated in state-wide protests when the BJP-led NDA government enacted the law in December 2019.

Chennithala's statement on the Sabarimala issue came a day after the Nair Service Society, an outfit of the forward Nair community, demanded that the state government withdraw cases against Ayyappa devotees who took part in the 'Namajapa' procession, demanding protection of the customs of Sabarimala temple.

NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair, in a statement, urged the government to show the moral responsibility of withdrawing the cases.

He pointed out that the government has unconditionally withdrawn several cases related to other issues. PTI TGB APR ADMINISTRATOR ADMINISTRATOR