Activists of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday took out a march to the Paliyekkara toll plaza on Thursday, disrupting toll collection and vehicular movement on the National Highway 47.
Hundreds of protesters, led by BJP district president B. Gopalakrishnan, took out a procession from Mannuthy Junction to Thrissur and then to Paliyekkara.
BJP State general secretary A.N. Radhakishnan inaugurated the march at Mannuthy. Hundreds of activists received the march at Naikkkanal Junction.
“The Central and State governments are looting the public. People’s protest should be strengthened against this exploitation. Agitation against toll collection will be strengthened at any cost,” he said.
He alleged that the Marxist party was showing double standards on the toll issue. The party was ignoring the agitation for people’s right to use public roads, he said.
“Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is running away from his promises to the public in the toll issue under pressure from the contractor and other vested interests,” he alleged. Social activist Civic Chandran said that public protests in civic issues beyond political barriers were the need of the hour.
Lalur Malineekarana Viruddha Samara Samithy leader T.K. Vasu, BJP national committee member E. Raghunandanan, district general secretary A. Nagesh and others poke.
Former BJP State president P.K. Krishnadas addressed the rally at Paliyekkara.
Withdrawal of the decision to collect toll charges and setting up infrastructure facilities promised in the contract were the major demands of the agitators.
The company has been collecting toll from motorists without completing essential facilities including service roads, flyover, under pass, signal system, bus-bays, streetlights and drainage system, they alleged.
The agitators said that unlike the other less-populated States in the country, majority of people in Kerala had to use National Highways on a daily basis.