Thaliparambu: The CPM has expelled 11 party workers who supported the 'Vayalkilikal' group which staged an agitation against the move to construct a bypass road after reclaiming a paddy field in CPM-dominated Keezhattur village. Those expelled had defied a party decision to allow the bypass alignment.
The agitation, in defiance of party orders, had put the party in a spot of bother during the recent district conference.
The bypass alignment that encroaches the Keezhattur paddy field was prompted by a need to avoid widening of the road in Taliparamba town as the national highway is widened to four tracks. Former CPM local leader Suresh Keezhattur led the formation of 'Vayalkilikal' which drew party members and sympathizers into it.
As the group launched an indefinite strike in September, the party directly opposed it. CPM district secretary P Jayarajan declared at a public meeting in Keezhattur that the agitation was against the party.
But 'Vayalkilikal' pressed on with the agitation. As other parties were seen exploiting the situation, the CPM took the initiative for compromise talks in Thiruvananthapuram, which was chaired by public works minister G Sudhakaran who is a party nominee. The agitation was called off as the minister promised that he will consider a realignment of the proposed bypass. However, an alternative route proposed by the authorities was not acceptable to 'Vayalkilikal.'
A row was also sparked after the police denied permission to the group recently to observe an anniversary of the agitation.