Thiruvananthpuram: A day after Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had to face a stiff protest from a group of fishermen affected by Cyclone Ockhi at Vizhinjam, CPM veteran and former chief minister V S Achuthanandan on Monday visited the grief-stricken people of Poonthura and Vizhinjam and consoled them.
Achuthanandan, who is the chairman of the Kerala Administrative Reforms Council, said he shared the grief of the people. He visited the relatives and friends of those who have not returned from the sea after the cyclone wreaked havoc on the region on November 30.
Achuthanandan said he would convey the people's complaints to the state and central governments.
Achuthanandan was accorded a cordial reception by the people of Poonthura. Earlier in the day, fisheries minister J Mercykutty and tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran had to face the wrath of people at Poonthura when they visited the area along with defense minister Niramala Sitharaman.
Pinarayi was forced to leave Vizhinjam along with Kadakampally after a group of men tried to block his way on Sunday.
Some of them raised slogans against the alleged government apathy towards their ordeal.