THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While ‘NaMo NaMo’ has been the mantra charging up Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters around the country, the party’s trade union wing in the city also couldn’t help getting inspired.
But their celebration caught the attention of all for the way it was carried out, different from the normal ‘laddu’ distribution. The Kerala State Transport Employees’ Sangh (KSTES), staff union of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) under the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the trade union wing of the BJP, celebrated the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by cleaning the state carriage buses at Central Depot, Thampanoor.
The members of the KSTES started the cleaning drive by 9 am and completed the task by 2 pm. “A total of 18 buses were cleaned. We have 62 members in the Central Depot. Among them, 30 who were not on duty at that time took part in the drive. Usually, everyone celebrates victories by distributing sweets. But we decided to do something different,” said Sangh state secretary S Ajayakumar.
He added that such moves would help the loss-making KSRTC to reduce expenses.
“We were helping the cleaning staff in their duty so that they could reduce the working time,” said Ajayakumar.
Getting inspired by the response to this drive, the Sangh has also decided to celebrate its anniversary in a special way this year. The organisation will hold a blood donation camp on November 1, its anniversary day, which was usually celebrated by conducting medical camps.
District transport officer Babukumar inaugurated the cleaning drive. Sangh general secretary M Jayakumar, S Ajayakumar and BMS district secretary Babukuttan led the programme.