Staff Reporter

For and against road project in Kinaloor

CPI(M) launches awareness campaign

Congress vows to oppose project

Kozhikode: More than a week after the violence at Kinaloor, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), on Saturday, stepped up campaigns on the issue, the former in support of, and the latter against, the four-lane road project.

Hundreds of CPI(M) activists from Balussery, Thamarassery and Kuttiyadi took out a march from Morikkara to Vattoli Bazaar highlighting the need for the four-lane road.

Inaugurating an awareness campaign, CPI(M) district secretary T.P. Ramakrishnan stressed the need for carrying out the development activities envisaged by the State government. Land mafia could have grabbed land in the area and vicinity. But the party had no role in illegally taking over land in the name of future developments.

He accused Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy of trying to help the mafia. This was evident from his ongoing activities as a negotiator in the dispute between estate employees and farmers at Kinalur, Mr. Ramakrishnan said.

CPI(M) district leader M. Mehaboob led the campaign. V.V. Dakshinamoorthy, party State secretariat member, inaugurated the valedictory meeting.

Congress sit-in

Ramesh Chennithala, president, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), inaugurated the demonstration by UDF activists at Kinaloor. The front will oppose tooth and nail the four-lane road project, he said addressing the protesters.

The Congress leader said that his party was not against widening of existing roads in the State but four lanes were needed only on National Highways. He said Industries Minister Elamaram Karim could not offer any justification for the need for the four-lane road.