- What embarrassed the SFI and CPM the most was, of course, the statement by veteran Communist and former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan.
- There are reports that Nair would be installed as the head of the research institute functioning in the Academy campus.
As the student agitation against Kerala Law Academy entered a bloody phase with BJP workers clashing with police on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, confusing signals are coming out from the CPM, which apparently prompted its student wing SFI to withdraw from the struggle. Announcing its withdrawal from the agitation, the SFI claimed that the Academy management had agreed to almost all demands, including the removal of the principal Lakshmi Nair and claimed it as a big victory for the organisation.
Just after the announcement, the joint platform of students organisations, which is spearheading the 22-day long agitation, snubbed the SFI claims and termed its moves treacherous. BJP also slammed the SFI for backstabbing the student agitation. But what embarrassed the SFI and CPM the most was, of course, the statement by veteran Communist and former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan who opined that the important problems raised by the students remained unsolved.
The SFI had claimed that the management agreed to keep Lakshmi Nair away from Law Academy and the post of principal for five years. But the management later clarified that she would continue to be in the campus. There are reports that Nair would be installed as the head of the research institute functioning in the Academy campus.
Now, mercilessly trolled on social media platforms, the SFI paints a sorry picture of a 'revolutionary student's organisation,' as other student unions carry on the stir with renewed vigour. The CPM and the SFI leaders are finding it tough to sell its logic in withdrawing from the agitation. The SFI is getting more and more isolated in the student community for ditching the joint agitation.
Meanwhile, the clamour for the arrest of Lakshmi Nair, against whom the police registered a non-bailable case under SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act, is getting louder. The BJP workers' march to the Law Academy turned violent on Wednesday and the activists clashed with police for the second consecutive day. BJP state vice president PP Bava suffered serious injuries in police action. The hartal called by BJP in Thiruvananthapuram to protest the police action on Tuesday affected normal life.
The Congress has also announced an indefinite hunger stir from Thursday in solidarity with the protest. K Muraleedharan, former Kerala Minister will undertake the huger stir.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:50 PM