Villagers attached to the PPSS and TPGKS back CPI(M)’s stir

Aranmula Puncha saw on Saturday the coming together of people of different ideologies, when nearly 150 villagers came singing the Vanchipattu and served sweetened rice flakes and plaintains to the CPI(M) activists who are staging a satyagraha at the controversial site.

This was to extend solidarity with the CPI(M) workers who are part of the ongoing land rights struggle. What highlights the visit is that the villagers are attached to the Palliyoda-Pallivilakku Samrakshana Samiti (PPSS) and the Thiruvaranmula Paithruka Grama Karma Samiti (TPGKS).

They were greeted with a customary ‘Lal Salaam’ by the workers of the CPI(M) and its feeder organisations, Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union and Kerala Karshaka Sanghom, led by District Panchayat member R. Ajayakumar. The PPSS leader, P. Induchoodan, garlanded the satyagrahis — R. Ramakrishnan of the Scheduled Caste Welfare Samiti, P.K. Vasu Pillai and Sunny of the KSKTU.

Besides Mr. Induchoodan, K. Haridas, TPGKS president, P.R. Shaji, general convener, N.K. Nandakumar, coordinator, and P.P. Vijayan Nair, Haindava Seva Samiti president, led the villagers to the CPI(M) satyagraha pandal.

Addressing the CPI(M)-KSKTU workers, Mr. Induchoodan said the people of Aranmula were united in extending cooperation to those who supported their genuine struggle to protect the Aranmula puncha.