The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling CPI (M) in Kerala joined the march led by the ‘Save Vizhinjam Port action council’ in support of Adani Group’s Rs 7,525 crore Vizhinjam international seaport project on 1st November 2022. BJP’s district president, VV Rajesh, and CPI (M)’s district secretary Anavoor Nagappan joined the march led by the action council towards the secretariat.’
The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government’s investment-friendly face is feeling the heat from the popular resistance against its multi-crore investment project. The latest in this is a more than 100 day-old protest by the fishing community against the project.
The threat of large-scale eviction of people from their houses and acquisition of lands has sparked a popular resistance movement. There was criticism within the CPI (M) leadership itself against the Chief Minister’s and CPI (M)’s model of development through big projects. ‘‘Choosing a right-wing path and ignoring the people’s voice would be disastrous for the Left front,’’ said a CPI (M) state committee member. ‘‘We have in our front the example of West Bengal and Nandigram. It is the responsibility of the political leadership to correct the government,’’ he added.
The BJP supported the project, saying it would significantly boost the state’s development. On the other hand, CPI (M) urged the protesters to stop the agitation. CPI(M) also termed the protest an attempt to unleash a riot in the state.
Condemning this pro-monopolist policy of the CPI (M)-led Kerala government, AIKKMS in a statement issued on 4 November 2022 said that during last hundred days the fishermen of Kerala have been fighting against Adani port, in Trivandrum. This Adani port is detrimental to the interest of the common people, particularly to the interest of the fishermen. From the very inception of the movement, AIKKMS is with the struggling fishermen and is trying its best to make the movement a successful one.
The movement is gaining momentum day by day. Being frightened, the ruling CPI(M) has joined hands with arch fascist autocratic BJP to protect the interests of multinational Adani. AIKKMS urged upon the people, specially workers and peasants to come forward and stand by this fighting fishermen to make the movement victorious. (Source:english. madhyam.com dated 10-10-22, India Today 02-11-22 and Indian Express 03-11-22)