Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will hold talks with leaders of the CPI(M)-led land struggle on Wednesday to find an amicable solution to the stir.
With no immediate end to the agitation in sight, CPI(M) activists began the second stage of the stir by entering into ‘excess’ land identified by them, planted party flags, and erected huts in about 150 places. The police did not arrest any of the agitators and intervened only where there was the possibility of the agitation taking a violent turn.
Although the agitation leaders held discussions with Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash on Friday, there could not be complete agreement on the agitators’ various demands. The land stir leadership has expressed readiness to hold further talks with both the Chief Minister and the Revenue Minister. If there could be mutual agreement on the outstanding issue, the strike would be called off, action council chairman E.P. Jayarajan and convener A. Vijayaraghavan told a news conference here on Friday.
The issues on which there was agreement between the government and the CPI(M) leaders were grant of title deeds to persons who already hold lands without such documentary backing, steps to take land-related cases to an early conclusion, and grant of title deeds to families that live in ‘poramboke’ lands.
There was no meeting of minds on demands such as acquisition and distribution of excess land, raising of the extent of land to be given to the landless from three to 10 cents, retrieval of land held by private individuals and groups in violation of the land ceiling laws, and protection of paddy lands and watersheds.