SNDP trying to increase its presence in Malabar

Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) has mustered all resources to show its organisational might at the Ezhava-Thiyya Malabar convention to be held at the Kozhikode beach on February 2.

SNDP event managers said the convention would be a test of its strength in north Kerala where it had not been able to make its presence felt as a political and social force as it could in other parts of the State.

SNDP’s organisational machinery, moving in top gear in Kozhikode, had decked up the city with 70,000 yellow flags and 300 welcome arches.

Huge cut-outs of SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan and vice president Thushar Vellappaly had also been erected.


The event was not without its critics. The recently formed Thiyya Maha Sabha would observe the convention day as betrayal day, its contention being that ‘SNDP had at no time recognised Thiyyas as a separate group.’

“Vellappally Natesan always refers to Thiyyas as Ezhavas in Malabar, implying that he is not ready to recognise the Thiyyas of Malabar as a separate group,” sabha general secretary Puthukkudi Purushothaman said.

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