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Keezhattur: CPI(M) to reach out to people

A bird found perching on the CPI(M) flag pole planted on a paddy field of Keezhattur on Tuesday.

A bird found perching on the CPI(M) flag pole planted on a paddy field of Keezhattur on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: S_K_MOHAN

Plans household campaign at Keezhattur to make clear party’s stand on issue

With the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leadership here finding itself on the back foot over an agitation by local residents and farmers of Keezhattur, the party cadres will circulate district secretary P. Jayarajan’s open letter to the public on the party’s stand on the issue, in a campaign covering around 5.5 lakh households in the district.

The campaign to explain the CPI(M)’s stand on the agitation at Keezhattur against the proposed National Highway bypass under the aegis of the Vayalkilikal, a group of local activists comprising CPI(M) workers who have since been expelled from the party, has come in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) bid to take over the stir and gain its entry into the village which is seen by the CPI(M) as its ‘party village.’ The household campaign that will be completed by April 10 is planned to coincide with two zonal ‘jathas’ of the party from Wednesday raising the slogan ‘peace and development.’

Stating that the CPI(M) did not approve of a bid to block developmental activities using environment as a ploy, the four-page letter noted that the present alignment has been finalised out of the three as it passed through the least built-up area. Only 28 buildings would have to be demolished if the bypass passes through the Kuppam-Keezhattur-Koovode- Kuttikkol area, the letter said.

Accusations against the CPI(M) over the final alignment were made with a clear political motive, it said adding that it was the State government’s duty to acquire the land identified by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the bypass. The BJP should have marched to the office of Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to change the alignment, the letter said.

Mr. Jayarajan asked the UDF to make its stand clear on Keezhattur agitation.

Meanwhile, the Vayalkilikal has second thoughts about the act of its leaders who shared a platform with the BJP leadership during the inauguration of the BJP’s Karshaka Raksha March at Keezhattur. Suresh Keezhattur, leader of the anti-bypass agitation, said the Vayalkilikal should not have participated in the programme organised by the BJP.

Though the Vayalkilikal welcomed the support of the BJP and other parties to the agitation, it was not led by narrow political interests, he posted on his Facebook page. The agitation is driven by a progressive stand on environment and development, he added.

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