Kollam, Feb 24 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday ventured into the sea with fisherfolk here as part of a symbolic protest against the ongoing controversy related to the alleged deep sea fishing contract.
Mr Gandhi, who left in a boat at 0515 hours from the Vaadi coast near Kollam, also cast the net and engaged in fishing along with the fishermen. He returned by 0745 hrs.
Commenting on his sea journey, he said he wanted to experience the life of fishermen.
This was prior to his interaction with the fisherfolk to discuss the problems faced by them due to the wrong policies of the CPI (M)-led LDF Government.
“I went to the sea along with my brothers early this morning. I would like to see what they were going to do with the trawlers. We tried to fish, but got only one. We came back with empty net. This was my experience.
Interests of fishermen are not able to protect due to lack of a Ministry dedicated to fishermen,” he felt.
Reacting to the issue, Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala thanked the former Congress President for spending a morning with the fishermen at sea to understand the hardships they face in their daily life.
“It proves that UDF and Congress party is committed to listen and understand the voice of people,” he added.
Earlier, the State Government has cancelled a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the US-based Company EMCC International and the Kerala State Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC), a public sector undertaking, for deep sea fishing.
Mr Gandhi was also accompanied by AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal, T N Prathapan MP, who is also the Chairman of National Fishermen Congres, and other senior leaders.
After the conclusion of Aiswarya Yatra on Tuesday evening, the Congress leader also met PSC rank holders who were staging a protest in front of the Government Secretariat and extended his support to their agitation.