COVID-19: All-party meeting reaches consensus against complete lockdown in Kerala


R Sreejith / Mathrubhumi News

All parties opined that instead of placing the state under complete lockdown, strict restrictions including triple lockdown should be imposed in containment zones. The Chief Minister was also of the same opinion.

Thiruvananthapuram: The all-party meeting summoned by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday reached a consensus against imposing complete lockdown in Kerala.

It is reported that all parties opined that instead of placing the state under complete lockdown, strict restrictions including triple lockdown should be imposed in containment zones. The Chief Minister was also of the same opinion.

However, a final decision on the state-wide lockdown will be taken in the special cabinet meeting on Monday.

The all-party meeting unanimously opposed the state-wide lockdown which was proposed amid the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in Kerala. All parties including CPI (M) expressed protest against plans to impose lockdown across the state.

Strict restrictions should be imposed in containment zones but other areas should not be placed under restrictions, opined the parties.

The meeting observed that if the government imposes complete lockdown across the state, it will badly affect the social, financial and agricultural sectors.

Before attending the meeting, UDF had declared their stance against complete lockdown. UDF leaders including Ramesh Chennithala reiterated their stance during the meeting. BJP and CPI also opposed lockdown.

With this, the all-party meeting reached a consensus on abandoning the plans to impose complete lockdown in the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also expressed solidarity with the stance.

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