KEEP RELIGION OUT OF POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING, HOWEVER SUBTLE
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It’s that time of the year when the holy week is observed. A week that evokes much devotion amongst the devout. Each and every church in the state attracts huge crowds. Meanwhile in various temples across the state, different feats and functions are going on.
Political parties, political figures or even religious and public figures should not use religion, however indirectly, to influence political opinion Interestingly, this week, the Goa election commission is also at work. To ensure that religion isn’t used for political campaigning during poll season In light of such a situation, the poll authorities in Goa have asked political parties and their candidates to desist from using socio-religious functions to woo voters ahead of the April 23 election in the state. They have also directed political parties not to hold any public meetings in religious places. Goa is currently witnessing feasts at various temples in rural areas. Speaking to PTI, the Chief Electoral Officer Goa Kunal said directions have been issued to political parties and their candidates, asking them not to use socio-religious events for any political purpose. He promised to ensure the model code of conduct would not come in the way of celebrations of local tradition and customs. The CEO added they had resolved that there would not be any obstruction or disturbance to any celebrations happening in temples and churches. To ensure aggressive candidates do not disturb the holy ambience, the election authorities have already asked political parties not to hold public rallies or campaign near churches on April 19 (Good Friday) and April 21 (Easter). It is also the duty of the awakened public to protest and red flag any instances where religious gatherings or events are issued by either political parties or religious leaders to spread political messages It is also the responsibility of the young, youth in colleges etc to spread awareness and raise their voices against such happenings.
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