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A political group in Kerala has announced it will no longer celebrate Republic Day.
Kerala’s main civic body has called off the celebration of Republic Day this year because of what it called a lack of participation from the state’s largest political party.
The All Kerala Democratic Organisation (AKDO) has said the event will be postponed to the day after the next general election.
The party said in a statement on Friday it will continue its annual celebrations in the state on February 21, but will no more celebrate Republic day.
Kadam has announced that a similar event will go ahead in April next year.
The Kerala state government has not yet responded to a request for comment on the announcement.
Last year, Kerala, which is India’s most populous state, saw protests by opposition parties and a nationwide strike over the state government’s failure to tackle the issue of the shortage of toilets in schools.
Kurukkum, a district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, witnessed a large-scale demonstration against the state-run toilets on March 7, when more than 1,000 people, mostly from the rural north-eastern parts of the state, took to the streets in the capital, Thiruvananthapuram.
The protests were led by the Left Front (FL) and Left Unity (LUI), a coalition of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Left Democratic Front (LDF), respectively.
The district has witnessed the highest number of deaths of young people due to water-borne diseases in the country in the past five years, with more than 60 deaths in the first nine months of 2017.
The government has announced the first phase of a national campaign aimed at tackling the issue.
Kamalas party president Pramod Kumaramangalam on Wednesday announced the government would launch a national ‘health summit’ on Tuesday to look into the issue, while announcing an additional health fund of Rs 2,500 crore.
In December, the state assembly had approved a Rs 2.5 lakh-crore plan to build 20 new toilets in the districts.