Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Swachh Bharat Abhiyan"
effect felt in northern Kerala

Muslim League politician forced to clean up mess made in public

by Ghatotkacha Nair

Kasargod District, Kerala State: December 1, 2014

"Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" effect is felt in Kasargod, the remote northernmost District of Kerala. The people of Cheruvathur Town in Kasargod forced a local politician to clean up the mess made by him in public. The politician is MA Majid of Muslim League, which is a member of the ruling coalition of Kerala. MA Majid, is also a Secretary of the Peelicode Panchayat committee. There was a marriage feast in his house on Sunday. On the wee hours of Monday morning, Majid and his associates disposed off all the garbage from the marriage feast on the National Highway 17, which passes through Cheruvathur. The garbage included remnants of mutton biriyani, disposable plates and cups.

The Mathrubhumi Daily carried the report of this public nuisance with graphic pictures which is when the public decided to take the matters into their hands. After going through the garbage they found some receipts that mentioned Majid's name. The peeved locals decided to confront Maajid and compelled him to clean up the mess. After realising his electorally-costly folly, Majid along with his friends not only cleaned up the mess but also disinfected the place by sprinkling lime.

The worked-up locals tried to manhandle Majid, but the police swung into action and ensured Majid's physical safety. The angry mob also made sure that a case was slapped against Majid and his accomplices.

The spontaneous action by the local public is not surprising considering that we have young (and in this case very adorable!) proponents of Swachh Bharat".

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