State funds will not be used for ‘Wall of Women’: CM Pinarayi

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday said the state funds would not be utilised for organising the ‘Wall of Women,’ on January 1, which he said was a “progressive movement.”

“We are not planning to spend government’s fund and machinery to bring women for the wall. But we will spread the idea of ‘wall of women’.

This very idea hits out against those who try to spread darkness,” Pinarayi said in his weekly public interaction with prominent personalities. The ‘Wall of Women’ would be formed on January 1 from Kasaragod district to Thiruvananthapuram district to demonstrate the secular and progressive mindset of the state.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala shot off a letter to the Chief Secretary Tom Jose, demanding withdrawal of the Government Order to make use of the state machinery for the event.

In a related development, Sabarimala Karma Samithi, one of the various Hindu outfits spearheading protests on Sabarimala issue, called for lighting of Ayyappa Jyoties (sacred lamps) from north end to the south end of the state on December 26 against the ‘wall of women’.

Noting that his government was bound to empower women, Pinarayi said, “This is a progressive social movement. This wall of women does not belong to any particular community.”

“All are welcome to take part in this. No one can stop this movement in the name of traditions. We have been taught by the renaissance leaders of Kerala that traditions are meant to be broken,” the Chief Minister said.

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