Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala, led by CPI-M, on Thursday formed a 700-km long human chain extending from Raj Bhavan here to Kasargode, to protest the central government’s demonetisation move.
Kerala protest against demonetisation
According to reports Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was the first in the chain along with former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and the last in the chain at Kasargode district town was the Communist Party of India-Marxist’s Lok Sabha member from Kasargode, P. Karunakaran.
The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member M.A. Baby and CPI leader Pannian Ravindran were among those who joined the chain in Kochi. LDF convener Vaikom Viswan joined the chain in Alappuzha. Several cultural leaders also became part of the chain.
The rehearsal was held for 15 minutes before and at 5 p.m. the human chain again was formed and a pledge was read out that was repeated by all.
Ruling alliance workers and sympathisers began converging on highways from early evening and, at the stroke of 5 p.m., everyone lined up on the west side of the highways and joined hands and took an oath to continue the fight against demonetisation and the Centre’s assault on the cooperative banking institutions in the State. At many places, the chain became virtual walls with people gathering in strength to make the programme a success.