BJP staged stiff opposition against Thrissur Municipal Corporation’s anti-democratic step of removing the party’s flex boards and banners erected in connection with Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s visit to the city on January 3, 2024 to address the two lakhs strong ‘Mathrushakthi Sangamam’. As soon as the news spread that Corporation’s men were removing the boards and banners, on January 1, 2024, BJP workers started protests. Workers led by district party president Adv. K.K. Aneesh prevented the Corporation men from further removal of boards and banners. And, they asked them to re-erect the removed ones.
Adv. Aneesh said that they do not see any rhyme or reason in removing his party’s publicity materials whereas the flexes and banners erected in connection with the Pinarayi Government’s Nava Kerala Sadas and INTUC state conference still remain there untouched even though those programmes had concluded weeks before. He alleged that the Corporation action is purely politically motivated and his party was not to going to accept it. He blamed the Mayor for this action.
Then the Corporation men had no other alternative than re-erecting the removed ones. Consequently BJP workers protested before the Corporation office and erected a publicity board there as a token of protest.
Observers see this as a carefully orchestrated action of CPM-led ruling Left Democratic Front, of course with the likely support of Congress-led opposition United Democratic Front (UDF). That the public materials of Congress-led INTUC have not been removed is very much significant in this context.