Thiruvananthapuram: Members of Youth Congress, KSRTC empanelled employees and Vizhinjam Action Council offered ‘protest pongala’ on Wednesday.
Youth Congress offered the against the background of the killing of two of their workers Kripesh and Sarath Lal in Kasaragod. “Our prayer is a stop to this violence and bringing peace across the state,” said Kerala Youth Congress general secretary G Leena. MP Shashi Tharoor addressed the gathering.
KSRTC empanel collective who are staging a protest for the last 31 days also organized a protest pongala in front of the Secretariat. According to the collective’s coordinator Dinesh Babu, around 42 women participated in the ‘protest’. “For many of them, this was their first pongala,” he said.
Vizhinjam Mother Port Action Council also offered a protest pongala. Action council convener Elias John said the indefinite delay in the mother port project has left them with no choice but pray for Amma’s blessings.
Three inmates of the women’s sub-jail also received the opportunity to offer pongala blessings after women’s sub-jail followed the custom of opening the gates of the compound for devotees set up, hearths and offer pongala. “Three inmates who are serving time were chosen from 59 inmates to offer pongala. One of them is doing life imprisonment, another serving a brief sentence and the third inmate is a remand prisoner,” said jail superintendent of Women Prison and Correctional Home O V Valli.