Hartal will be peaceful, says Chennithala

Describing the proposed dawn-to-dusk hartal of  the Opposition UDF on Monday as ‘unavoidable’ and one intended to give vent to the people’s ire and protest against the anti-

Published: 15th October 2017 01:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2017 08:04 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Describing the proposed dawn-to-dusk hartal of  the Opposition UDF on Monday as ‘unavoidable’ and one intended to give vent to the people’s ire and protest against the anti-people policies of  the Centre and state governments, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala expressed high hopes that it would attract support in a big way.

While  the High Court is keeping a watch, he also affirmed that the UDF hartal would be quite different from those hartals and bandhs  witnessed in the state  earlier,as it would be totally violence-free and will be drawing strength from the  voluntary support of  the masses,to join hands for  highlighting teething livelihood issues .

“The hartal will be   peaceful by all means. Rallies will be held across the state. UDF cadre would thwart any attempt of  anti-socials to indulge in destruction of public or private properties. Movement of  people will not be obstructed in any manner either,’’ he promised,while appealing for the support of  the people,in an article released to the press,to fan out the message  that the Congress-led Opposition is throwing down the gauntlet in the fight against the anti-people policies of  the BJP led government of  Narendra Modi at the Centre and the Pinarayi Vijayan-led state government in the state.

‘’A hartal has become inevitable as the miseries of the people have become manifold due to the policies of  the state and Central governments,’’ he said.’’It is not like the usual hartals announced spontaneously by different groups. For highlighting genuine issues of  concern, the stir was announced ten days in advance,’’he said.

‘’When governments remain blind and deaf  to the miseries of  people, the duty of  those believing in democracy is to line up and build a strong opposition to the anti-people policies. The hartal  will bugle a people’s defence against the Narendra Modi Government and also broadbasing all like-minded forces against the state government’s ineptitude, zero development drive and protecting law violators, including a minister,’’ Ramesh said.

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