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Party to launch ‘Save Kerala’ on Thursday

Secretariat, blockade

on January 20

‘Kerala Raksha Yatra’ from February 8

Thiruvananthapuram: Ramesh Chennithala, president, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, said here on Sunday that the Congress would launch a three-phase pre-election ‘Save Kerala’ campaign from January 15.

The campaign would include seven regional workshops on key issues affecting the State; a blockade of the Secretariat and District Collectorates on January 20 to highlight five crucial issues; and a 24-day ‘Kerala Raksha Yatra’ by him from February 8 to March 3.

The workshops would be held in Kalpetta (January 15), Malappuram (January 17), Thodupuzha (January 24), Kottayam (January 25), Nattika (January 31), Pathanamthitta (February 1) and Kollam (February 2).

He said an open forum would be held at the end of each workshop, providing an opportunity to people to express their views. The workshops would cover issues related to tribal people, minority communities, agriculture, education, fisheries, non-resident Keralites and industry, including traditional sectors.

The blockade would highlight price rise; withdrawal of the increase in electricity, water tariff and bus charges; investigation into atrocities against women; the deteriorating law and order situation; and developmental stagnation and non-implementation of various Central projects.

The Yatra would cover all the 140 Assembly constituencies. Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy would flag it off at Manjeswaram. The march would conclude here on March 3. A public rally would be held on March 4 to mark the conclusion of the campaign, Mr. Chennithala said.