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Won’t backtrack from Vizhinjam Project: Kerala CM

Pinarayi Vijayan said there was no question of abandoning the Vizhinjam Sea Port project and that the demand of the strike committee to halt the project cannot be accepted.

Statesman News Service | Thiruvananthapuram |

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, on Thursday, the government won’t backtrack from the Vizhinjam Project under any circumstances.

Speaking at a public function held at Ayyankali Hall in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan said there was no question of abandoning the Vizhinjam Sea Port project. The demand of the strike committee to halt the project cannot be accepted.

According to the chief minister, the government of Kerala was not a government that turns away when there are protests.

“The government had agreed to all the  demands of the protest committee except stopping of the work of the port. If the project is stopped midway, it will send a bad message. Attempts were being made to take the protest to another level and efforts are being made to destroy the peace of the land. If the project is abandoned in this way, Kerala will lose its credibility,” said the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, speaking at the passing out parade of women police constables in Thrissur on Thursday, Pinarayi Vijayan came out against the violent incidents in Vizhinjam.

Stating that the violence in Vizhinjam was pre-planned, CM Vijayan said “Clearly, there were ulterior motives behind the attack. It was done with the intention of disrupting peace and coexistence.”

He dropped hint of stern action against those who were involved in  riot and arson in Vizhinjam and those who attacked the police and police station.