Giving nightmare to CPIM, the leader of Vayalkilikal, a collective of local people that spearheaded the agitation against the proposed National Highway bypass through paddy fields, Suresh, plans to contest from Kannur Lok Sabha seat.
Vayalkilikal decided to enter the fray to know what electoral impact its agitation could yield. The Vayalkilikal’s agitation against the bypass, which it feared would destroy paddy fields of Keezhattur, was the rallying point for various activist groups and environmental organisations.
In defiance of the CPIM leadership in the district, it was mostly CPI(M) workers behind the stir, which drew public and media attention. While the CPI(M) leadership had been openly opposed to the agitation, the Congress was equivocal in its response to the stir. Though the Bharatiya Janata Party had backed the stir unequivocally, though the backing later drew jibes from the CPI(M) when the National Highways Authority of India, under the BJP-led Central government, published the final 3D Notification that vested the identified land with it.
Vayalkilikal prefers to keep the slogan ‘Vote for the battle for Environment’.