Dalit Outfits Plan Protest Ahead of Modi’s Visit to City

A group of various organisations led by Kerala Dalit Maha Sabha will launch a day-long protest on February .

Published: 03rd February 2014 11:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2014 11:08 AM   |  A+A-

A group of various organisations led by Kerala Dalit Maha Sabha will launch a day-long protest on February 4 against the visit of Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s visit to Kochi to inaugurate the Kayal Sammelana Smarana on February 9. The meet is being organised by Kerala Pulaya Mahasabha (KPMS) to celebrate the hundredth year of the meeting of the famous backwater meeting organised by Pulaya community. The protest programmes will be held at the High Court junction. Titled as “Kayal Sammelanam- Janakeeya Smarana,” the programme will begin at 10 am and will end at 8 pm. Former Naxal leader Grow Vasu will inaugurate the public meeting. The Kayal Sammelanam meeting was held 100 years ago on the backwaters where hundreds of Pulaya members joined the countryboats together, making it a platform for them to organise the meet. At that time, the Pulaya community members were restricted the right to appear in public and untouchability was prevailing in Kerala. “Modi and BJP-Sangh Parivar represent the same upper class supremacy which denied Dalits the basic right to meet on the land. In Gujarat, where Modi is the Chief Minister, the backward class are treated as scavengers. Hence, by bringing in Modi for inaugurating the centenary celebrations of Kayal Sammelanam, the KPMS is hitting hard on the self-respect and pride of backward communities,” alleged Kayal Sammelanam Janakeeya Smarana coordinator C S Murali.

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