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LDF gears up for women’s wall

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Claims that 31 lakh women will participate in the event for gender equality

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) has mobilised its workers in strength to ensure that the proposed women’s wall for gender equality manifests as an emphatic proclamation of its political might on New Year’s Day on Tuesday.

The ruling front’s flagship public programme is also being viewed as a flexing of its political muscle ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, and a rebuff to the Hindu Aikya Vedi-sponsored Ayyappa Jyothi on December 26.

The wall is set to unfold across Kerala amidst strident criticism from the Opposition and in the face of the threat of a boycott by prominent social organisations, notably the Nair Service Society (NSS). The LDF has claimed that it will nevertheless assemble 31 lakh women in an unbroken 640-km-long human wall spanning the State from Kasaragod in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south.

The wall will stretch out between 4 p.m. and 4.15 p.m. across the length of Kerala almost simultaneously. As many as 176 organisations, including the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam and the Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha, have declared their support for the wall.

The organisers said women would mobilise at 3 p.m. and deploy alongside major State and National Highways by 4 p.m. They will disperse after taking an oath to uphold the renaissance principles.

The LDF has fielded a galaxy of political leaders and celebrities in an attempt to record the event for posterity as a watershed in the history of modern Kerala.

Leaders, actors

Veteran communist K.R. Gouri would join the wall in Alappuzha. Women in Cinema Collective members Parvathy Thiruvoth, Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambeesan, Bina Paul, and Geethu Mohandas are expected to be part of the lineup. Critic M. Leelavathy and writers P. Valsala and Khadeeja Mumtaz and athletes Mercy Kuttan and Preeja Sreedharan and boxer K.V. Lekha will be present.

Men are also expected to attend the programme in strength. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will witness the human wall in Thiruvananthapuram. His Cabinet colleagues will attend the event in various districts allocated to them. The police have upped security in the State given the profound political differences that have emerged following the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of woman of all ages to Sabarimala.

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