In the run-up to the Kerala assembly polls, the Congress-led UDF will observe a 12-hour shutdown in Idukki district on Friday to protest against the ruling LDF government’s construction ban.
The Congress-led United Democratic Front is observing a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kerala’s Idukki district on Friday to register their protest against the ruling government’s construction ban. (Photo: PTI file) (Representative Image)
In the run-up to the Kerala assembly polls, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has planned to observe a 12-hour-long shutdown in Idukki on Friday to protest against the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government’s construction ban in the district.
According to the UDF, the district administration recently issued an order banning all construction except houses on land with title deeds that have been issued under the Land Assignment Act, 1964.
According to a report in The Hindu dated March 13, the district Congress Committee president Ibrahimkutty Kallar said that under the Act, people cannot even construct a small shop on the land.
Earlier in 2019, the Kerala government had put in place restrictions on land use with the objective of curbing unauthorized construction. But when the public made its opposition to these restrictions clear, it was agreed upon at an all-party-meeting in 2019 to make the required amendments to the Act.
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The UDF leaders now, based on the district administration’s latest order, allege that the Kerala government has not taken any steps in that direction and has failed to fulfill its promise to amend the Land Assignment Act, 1964.
The hartal (shutdown) will be observed from 6 am to 6 pm. The UDF leaders in Idduki district have assured that they will not compel shop owners to keep their shutters down.
(With inputs from PTI)
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