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Aziz terms woman’s wall ‘communal and corrupt’

Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) State secretary A.A. Aziz has said that the government is splurging money and using official machinery for the ‘women’s wall,’ which is essentially a party event. “It’s not just communal, but corrupt too,” he said at a UDF press meet here on Friday. It was quite a paradox that the CPI(M), a party that denied women top positions, was building the wall for gender justice. “First they should offer equal rights to their women members,” he said.

The Congress has launched various campaigns against the wall. DCC president Bindu Krishna said the party would urge the public to stay off the event on January 1. “It is not an attempt to protect renaissance values, but to erect communal walls in Kerala. In Kollam, the District Collector is the organiser of the wall and all the government resources are being misused for this. Officials are being pressurised and blackmailed to maximise participation,” she said. UDF district chairman K.C. Rajan and convenor Philip K. Thomas took part in the press meet.

CPI(M) response

Meanwhile, CPI(M) district secretary S.Sudevan in a statement said that the stance of the UDF leaders indicated their misogyny.

“It’s a unique event and there is no point in investigating the motive behind it. It’s a protest against communal and reactionary forces trying to recreate a time in the past when Kerala was no less than a lunatic asylum. Equality and gender justice are the main mottos of women’s wall and it’s the duty of every citizen to keep alive the flame of renaissance,” he said. Mr.Sudevan added that over three lakh women from the district, from all walks of life, would participate in the wall.

“By attacking the wall, the Congress has joined hands with the BJP, renouncing its secular tradition,” he said.

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