Wednesday 3 April 2019 3:40 AM UTC
KOCHI April 3: The Nair Service Society, an umbrella organisation that represents the upper-caste Nair community of Kerala, has announced that they will be equidistant from both the LDF and UDF this election.
The NSS, which has locked horns with the LDF on the Sabarimala issue and was vocal against the entry of women, was expected to lend support to the UDF or the NDA.
However, in an editorial, published in Service, the NSS’s magazine, the NSS has not spared any of the three fronts — LDF, UDF and the NDA.
Criticising all the three for the stance they took on Sabarimala, the NSS declared that they would be equidistant from all political fronts and have left it to the believers to decide who deserves their vote.
Nairs constitute between 10 and 14% of Kerala’s population. Though they do not vote as a bloc, the NSS does have a considerable hold over the community.
Right from the time the Sabarimala judgment was announced, the NSS has spearheaded the conversation against the entry of women, with its leader G Sukumaran Nair emerging as a vociferous critic of the government.
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