The left party, on Friday, blocked all roads around CM's official residence in protest against the government. The housewife, Sandhya, was returning home on her two-wheeler after dropping her daughter at school. When she found all roads near her house blocked by the left party, she blasted the top CPI (M) leaders including Kadakampally Surendran, district secretary of the party.
Slamming the leaders for making local residents suffer, Sandhya threatening the agitators that if they continued with the blockade, the women would be forced to come out and throw stones at political activists.
Her lone-protest was well-captured and discussed in the media and she received support from across the state. While Left party leaders alleged the entire incident a 'Congress conspiracy', Sandhya denied of having any political affiliation.
Meanwhile, local residents came out on Friday against the agitators and reportedly, the LDF was forced to open a road near the Chief Minister's residence for the movement of local people.
Police also promised the local residents that their freedom of movement would be ensured. "We would allow the movement of car and two-wheelers," said CPI(M) legislator V Shivankutty.
Industrialist's Rs 5L award
Leading industrialist and philanthropist Kochouseph Chittilappilly on Friday announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for Sandhya who dared to speak against political parties' unfair protest methods.
"This is a small gift from me for her courage to stand up to the leaders who are instrumental in blocking the public road near her house. I hope this will encourage others also to speak out against hartals and agitations that violate basic human rights like the right to travel," Chittilappilly told Deccan Chronicle.
Sandhya's gesture of courage has been lauded by politicians and public alike.
(With agency inputs)