Kerala CM to chair crucial LDF meet on K-Rail row tomorrow

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In light of the enormous protests against the state government's ambitious K-Rail project, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an emergency meeting of the ruling CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front on Wednesday.

So far, there has been no objection from the LDF, although the Congress-led UDF and the BJP-led NDA are both adamantly opposed to the proposal. On the condition of anonymity, a media critic said Wednesday's meeting is critical since rifts appear to have emerged between the CPI and Kerala Congress(M) parties over the project.

"The Kerala Congress(M) has been hit the hardest of the allies, as the demonstrations have centred in their heartland of Central Kerala districts. Moreover, a number of churches have begun to declare their opposition to the initiative. Things appear to be fluid in the CPI as well, since State Revenue Minister K.Rajan of the CPI recently talked in a different tone. As a result, all eyes are on the meeting scheduled for tomorrow "said the sceptic

Vijayan received a major boost on Monday when the Supreme Court dismissed a slew of petitions challenging the ongoing survey as part of the project's social effect assessment study, which sparked the rebellion.

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