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LDF forms human chain to protest against demonetization

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LDF forms human chain to protest against demonetization Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (L) leads the human chain formed in protest against demonetization.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the CPM on Thursday formed a human chain in Kerala in protest against the note ban by Center and the restriction on cooperative banks over cash transactions. Ministers, legislators and party leaders were part of the human chain.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan was at the starting point of the chain. Former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran, among others were present before Raj Bhavan from where the human chain started.

The human chain extended up to Kasaragod. Tens of thousands of left activists and sympathizers lined along the streets to participate in the protest.

LDF forms human chain to protest against demonetization LDF forms human chain to protest against demonetization

Besides the coalition partners of the LDF, leaders of political parties like JSS, INL, CMP, Janadhipathya Kerala Congress, Kerala Congress (B) also took part in the human chain.

"Even those people who stay away from LDF protests took part in the stir. This shows the amount of suffering people had to go through," Kerala CM Pinarayi said.

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    Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, senior CPM leader V.S. Achuthanandan, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran in front of Raj Bhavan from where the human chain started. Photo: Manoj Chemancheri

    LDF human chain
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    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Thiruvnanthapuram. Photo: Rinku Raj Mattancheriyil

    LDF human chain
  • LDF human chain

    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Thiruvnanthapuram. Photo: Rinku Raj Mattancheriyil

    LDF human chain
  • LDF human chain

    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Thiruvnanthapuram. Photo: Rinku Raj Mattancheriyil

    LDF human chain
  • LDF human chain

    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Thiruvnanthapuram. Photo: Rinku Raj Mattancheriyil

    LDF human chain
  • LDF human chain

    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Thiruvnanthapuram. Photo: Rinku Raj Mattancheriyil

    LDF human chain
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    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Thrissur. Photo: Jijo John Puthezhathu

    LDF human chain
  • LDF human chain

    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Thiruvnanthapuram. Photo: Rinku Raj Mattancheriyil

    LDF human chain
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    Activists taking part in human chain. A scene from Kochi. Photo: Jijo John Puthezhathu. Photo: Josekutty J Panackal

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P.K. Gurudasan in Kollam, Vakkom Vishwan in Alappuzha, M.A. Baby in Eranakulam, Baby John in Thrissur and A.K. Balan in Palakkad led the protest.

The rehearsal was held 15 minutes before and at 5 pm the human chain was again formed and a pledge was read out that was repeated by all.

The chain passed through the national highway and districts like Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, where the highway does not pass and the cadres joined the chain at various places in Alappuzha district.

Likewise, in the hilly districts of Idukki and Wayanad, a separate human chain was formed.

"A record one million people joined the protest and even though similar human chains was formed before, today we could see that there was participation from people cutting across political affiliations," said CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan at a public meeting here, soon after the human chain was formed.

"Demonetization has crippled our economy, all sectors have been badly affected through this Tughlaq style programme," Kodiyeri said.

Former Kerala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president V. Muraleedharan said the CPM had spread the word that all those who work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme need not work for the day, but if they come for this human chain, they will get the day's wages.

"We have informed the central government about this and have demanded action as the state government is misusing their authority," said Muraleedharan in a statement here.

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