All for a cause: Woman takes on politics of road blockade in Kerala, becomes a rage

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Vernacular media termed the protest by Sandhya as a reflection of the surge of 'Aam Admi Party'. Vernacular media termed the protest by Sandhya as a reflection of the surge of 'Aam Admi Party'.
SummaryHer outburst has triggered a wave against the practice of preventing common man's freedom.

Outburst of a housewife against the Left-supported blockade to roads leading to official residence of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has triggered a wave of support against the practice of political parties preventing common man’s freedom of movement.

Vernacular media termed the protest by Sandhya as a reflection of the surge of 'Aam Admi Party'. The housewife’s protest was taken up by the residence association in the area on Friday. Prominent businessman Kochouseph Chittilappally, who has in the past donated one of his kidneys, announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for the woman in recognition for her courage to stand up against the public nuisance caused by political parties.

The CPI(M)-led LDF began the blockade earlier this week, demanding the resignation of Chandy over the solar panel scam. As per the Left plan, activists from an assembly constituency would lay siege to the road leading to Chandy’s official house 'Cliff House'.

On Thursday, Sandhya, who resides in the premises of the 'Cliff House', found the road closed while returning home after dropping her children at school. Reacting in anger, she blasted CPI(M) leaders, including district secretary Kadakampally Surendran, protesting against blocking the road.

She went on threatening the agitators that if they continued with the blockade, the women would be forced to come out and pelt stones on political activists. "What the leaders would have done if the blockade was in front of their house. First they would ensure the safe movement of their family members and then would hit the road to harass the common man. People residing on the Cliff House road have no other option," said Sandhya.

On Friday, Sandhya’s sentiments were taken up the local people, who came out against the agitators preventing the movement of public. Accordingly, the LDF was forced to open a road near the Chief Minister’s residence for the movement of local people, who, otherwise, would have taken a long roundabout way to reach their houses. Police also promised the local residents that their freedom of movement would be ensured. "We would allow the movement of car and two-wheelers," said CPI(M) legislator V Shivankutty.

CPI(M) secretariat member Anathalavattam Anandan said the woman might be an agent of Chandy, working to spoil the Left agitation. However, Sandhya said she had no links with any political party. "I think people should come out against political parties who prevent the freedom of movement of ordinary people."

Chittilappally said he

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