Housewife’s tirade forces LDF to remove blockades

Police also promised the locals that their freedom of movement would not be affected.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:December 14, 2013 2:27 am

A housewife who protested against blockades on roads leading up to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s residence has won the support local media and people fed up with political parties putting curbs on their freedom of movement.

The CPM-led LDF put up the blockade earlier this week,demanding Chandy’s resignation in the solar panel scam. Left activists planned to ‘lay siege’ to the road leading up to Chandy’s official residence,Cliff House. The agitation was to continue for 140 days — equal to the number of Assembly constituencies in Kerala.

On Thursday,Sandhya,a housewife residing near Cliff House,discovered the blockade when she was returning home after dropping her children at school.

That’s when she decided to start a protest against CPM leaders,including district secretary Kadakampally Surendran,who were responsible for inconveniencing the public.

On Friday,the residence association in the area joined her protest. Prominent businessman and philanthropist Kochouseph Chittilappally announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for the woman for her courage in standing up against political parties.

Sandhya threatened that if the blockades were not taken down,women would be forced to come out and stone the political activists. “What would leaders do if the blockade was in front of their house?” she asked.

Angry locals also gathered on the streets to voice their sentiments and the LDF was forced to open the road near the CM’s residence. Police also promised the locals that their freedom of movement would not be affected. “We will allow movement of cars and two-wheelers,” said CPM legislator V Shivankutty.

CPM secretariat member Anathalavattam Anandan,meanwhile,said the woman might be working for Chandy to foil the Left’s agitation. However,Sandhya said she has no political links: “I think people should come out against political parties that prevent freedom of movement of ordinary citizens.”

Chittilappally said political parties ought to realise that such actions only hamper the growth of the state.

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