At Aikkara junction in Aranmula it was a wide spectrum of luminaries from across the state representing almost all political parties, various cultural organizations and movements. There were veteran Gandhian P Gopinathan Nair, Chairman of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, film star Suresh Gopi, CPM politburo member M A Baby, state General Secretary of the Rashtreeya Swayam Sevak Sangh, P Gopalan Kutty, former ministers M. Vijayakumar, Binoy Viswam, N K Premachandran and Mathew T Thomas, state General Secretary of the BJP, K Surendran, among those present. The entire people of Kerala are with us, said Sugathakumari, adding that nothing short of the abandonment of the ill conceived project shall be acceptable. The declaration was greeted with applause by the people.
The program started with the singing of Valla Pattu, boat song, a part of the tradition in Aranmula for
P. Gopinathan Nair, Gandhian, pledged whole hearted support for the agitating people of Aranmula and offered to join the struggle. M A Baby, former minister when some of the project clearances were given, owned up that the then Left Front government committed a mistake and they regretted the decision. This was echoed by the other ex-ministers. Talking at the occasion Bishop Geevarghese Mar Coorilios said that the airport project will be detrimental to the temple village and shall cause displeasure to the Lord Parthasarathi. Respecting the sentiments of the people it is only proper that the clearance be withdrawn. Shahir Moulavi, Imam of Palayam Mosque in Thiruvananthapuram, Aranmula Anti-Airport Coordination
A galaxy of activists, environmentalists and social workers from the length and breadth of Kerala assembled at Aranmula for the occasion and pledged their total support. Among those present were former Congress MLA Maleth Saraladevi, and Party leader Philippose Thomas, CPM district secretary K Anandagopan, CPI district secretary P Prasad, BJP district president T R Ajithkumar, CPM district secretariat member A Padmakumar and BJP national council member V N Unni. Coordinator P R Shaji and P Induchoodan also spoke.