Friday, November 18, 2016

BJP will oppose Erumely airport plan: Muraleedharan

Palakkad: BJP's national executive committee member and former state president V Muraleedharan has said that his party will oppose the state government proposal to set up an airport at the Cheruvalley Estate in Erumely for Sabarimala pilgrims.
Inaugurating the National Democratic Alliance's district convention here on Thursday, he said "though the BJP is not against an airport for Sabarimala pilgrims, the government's move is to help private estate owners get legal control of five lakh acres of plantations of the erstwhile British owners, estimated to be worth Rs 25,000 crore, that have become state property after independence."
He said that the Cheruvally Estate is part of the 25,000 acres of Harrison Malayalam plantations that belongs of the state government.
"Here the move is to make its present occupant -- the Believers Church -- shareholders of the new airport company that will give them legal rights over the land," he said.
"So the airport in the name of Sabarimala pilgrims by the CPM government is a ploy to gift this huge land to private parties," said Muraleedharan.
18/11/16 Times of India