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Corporates influencing governments for Aranmula airport, says VS

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Aranmula: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan on Thursday accused some corporates and elite business entities of influencing the central government and the state government to build the controversial private airport project at Aranmula.

He was addressing the indefinite Satyagraha launched by an all-party Joint Action Council (JAC) chaired by social activist B. Sugathakumari against the airport project.

“The airport is built to cater to the needs of the elites. There have been conspiracies and immense lobbying to get permission for the project,” Achuthanandan said adding the corporates were neglecting the people’s sentiments over the issue.

“The people in Aranmula are in an effort to preserve farm-lands and fields. We should protect the fields and the lives of people here building a ‘fort of defence,’ no matter how long it takes,” the CPI-M leader said.

The mass movement against the airport project on February 10.

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