The ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front formed a 620 km long human chain from the northern part of Kerala to the south on Sunday (January 26), Republic day, demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPI leader Kanam Rajendran joined the protest in Thiruvananthapuram. The LDF organised the human chain from Kasaragod in north Kerala to Kaliyakkavilai in the southernmost part of the state.
According to the LDF, around 60 to 70 lakh people participated in the human chain. The human chain was formed at 4 pm, following which the preamble of the Constitution was read out.
Later, an oath was taken to protect the Constitution from the “attempts of the Central government” to destroy it.
Pressing for withdrawal of CAA, the state chief minister said, “The human chain organised today against #CAA has become a great wall. People from different walks participated in it.”
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan: The human chain organised today against #CAA has become a great wall. People from different walks participated in it. This law is a threat to secularism of this country. Kerala has made it clear that CAA, NRC&NPR will not be implemented in this soil. pic.twitter.com/lUVlVfGn35
— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2020
Senior CPI(M) leader S Ramachandran Pillai was the first link of the 620-km-long human chain at Kasaragod, while MA Baby was the last link at Kaliyakkavilai. Many prominent personalities from all walks of life participated in the human chain.
(With inputs from agencies)