Kerala is under a partial lockdown with all large gatherings being disallowed by the state government. Schools, colleges, theatres remain closed and religious gatherings, weddings, public functions have been put on hold. And even as the CPI (M)-led state government and the Health department are leaving no stone unturned in containing the spread of Covid-19 virus in the state, which at present has 16 positive cases, the CITU, the Thrissur mayor and the CPI (M) party workers flouted the state government’s directive and went ahead with their scheduled meetings putting a large section of the public at risk. It seems the CPI (M)-led state government forgot to advice its own party workers and their affiliated trade union members about Covid-19 and the dangers involved in holding meetings as the virus spreads exponentially in matter of days.
Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), a national level trade union affiliated to the ruling CPI (M), held its district general council in Thrissur, on Thursday, in a jam-packed auditorium, with 150 to 200 representatives in attendance, blatantly flouting the official guidelines in the state issued by the CPI (M)-led government to not hold public meetings or large gatherings in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.