September 19, 2021

Kerala: Massive Protests throughout the State

N S Sajith

LAKHS of people of Kerala participated in huge protests against the anti-people policies of the Modi government on September 9. Observing the Covid protocol, CPI(M) activists in the state gathered before the central government offices to register their protest. The protests were held as a part of the CPI(M) central call to launch a nationwide campaign against the anti-people policies.

CPI(M) activists and sympathisers held placards against the farm laws, and raised slogans against the sell-off of the profit-making public-sector units. Large number of people from various walks of life gathered in different centres to protest. Slogans were raised against the centre’s policy of paralysing parliament procedures and restricting the members rights to raise the people’s issues and problems. Wide-ranging issues were raised in the campaign: fuel and gas price hike, attack on federal ideals, unemployment, benefits to the corporates on the pretext of pandemic, misuse of police against those who express dissent on the policies of NDA government.

While inaugurating the protest dharna before the General Post Office Thiruvananthapruam, CPI(M) acting state secretary, A Vijayaraghavan said, “our party keenly observes the protests that emerge  across the nation on various issues. A nation-wide people's agitation should be carried out to protect the constitution and values of federal principles. RSS and BJP unleashed an attack on these values.”

In Kerala the entire Congress leadership acts like the subordinates of BJP, he said. Congress follows the anti- communist policy alone in the state. Congress is trying to fill the gap of BJP. KPCC chief and opposition leader are driven by their allegiance towards BJP, he added.

CPI(M) CC members, P Karunakaran, Elamaram Kareem inaugurated the programmes at Kasargod and Kalamasseri respectively. CC members E P Jayarajan, P K Shreemathi and K K Shailaja inaugurated the protests in various other centres in Kannur district.