November 29th, 2011
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Mullaperiyar issue: Hartal organized

strikeIdukki: The dawn to dusk hartal called by the BJP and the Kerala Congress(M)  has begun. Both BJP and Kerala Congress workers will take out marches and hold public meetings in the city. Shops and trading establishments remained closed in Idukki, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts in response to a call for hartal by Kerala Congress (Mani) and Kerala Congress (Jacob), Bharatiya Janata Party and others over the Mullaperiyar issue.

Transport services are affected in these districts. No buses are plying. Protestors have blocked roads. Boat services did not operate in Alappuzha district. In Idukki district, the hartal is in place for the second day. Member of the Assembly E. S. Bijimol (CPI) is continuing her hunger strike at Karinkulam Chappathu in Idukki district for the third day.

Most of the schools have declared a holiday in the wake of the hartal. The local Tamil population has also joined the stir.

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