KOCHI: In what could be viewed as an attempt by the CPM to prepare workers for the next Assembly election, AKG Padana Gaveshana Kendram and EMS Padana Gaveshana Kendram jointly organised a ‘women’s parliament’ here on Wednesday by participating around 4,500 women.
Party workers, councillors, grama panchayat and block panchayat members and heads of municipalities and corporations from all the 14 districts took part in the event held at the Convention Centre of CIAL.
CPM politburo member Brinda Karat inaugurated the event. She came down heavily on the UDF Government saying that it is following the ‘culture’ in the Suryanelli rape case by not punishing influential persons even if they are accused in scams or criminal cases. “The government is protecting criminals and nexus of criminals which has been flourishing in the state”, said the party leader. “It is a shame that the rate of crime against women in a state that we call God’s Own Country has increased in the last five years. For development, security and economic independence of women should be ensured and prices of essential commodities should be curtailed”, Brinda added.
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CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and district secretary P Rajiv were present at the venue, but not on the dais. Actor KPAC Lalitha presided over. Actor Innocent said that the UDF Government has been clinging on to power after each scam. Eminent women from various fields including literary critic M Leelavathy, actor Nilambur Ayisha, dancer Neena Prasad, industrialist Beena Kannan, sportsperson Mercy Kuttan and State Planning Board former member Mridul Eapen were hounoured during the function. P K Sreemathi MP, MLAs Aisha Potti, K K Lathika, K S Saleekha and other leaders of the party K K Shylaja, P K Sainaba and M C Josephine, among others, spoke.