In three days, 3,000 books have been given by people in response to the MLA’s request on Facebook.

Why Kerala MLA VK Prasanth is asking people to give him books instead of flowersImage courtesy:
news Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 18:41

Kerala MLA VK Prasanth, who earlier created waves as the 'Mayor bro' of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation who spontaneously collected tons of relief materials for victims of Kerala floods, is once again garnering attention just weeks after being elected as Vattiyoorkavu MLA. 

The young MLA from CPI(M) has come up with something innovative by asking the people of his constituency to replace flowers and bouquets given to welcome him, with books. The MLA started undertaking a constituency parade expressing his gratitude towards the people for electing him as their representative in the recently held bye-polls. 

On Thursday night, Prasanth had put a small Facebook post saying that people should not give him any flowers or bouquets, but instead books. "What I saw from the next morning was overwhelming. We have received more than 3,000 books in three days," VK Prasanth tells TNM.

From children to the elderly, hundreds responded to the MLA’s request by handing him books instead of bouquets, which would have become a waste at the end of the day. 

Speaking about what made him come up with this idea, Prasanth says that it was the request of some schools in Vattiyoorkavu constituency which made him think out of the box. "Some government schools here had approached me asking if I could do anything to start school libraries. With the books we have collected now, libraries can be started in three schools," he says. 

The MLA also expressed his surprise that so many people participated in the initiative. "At such short notice, so many people have come forward to donate books. If they were informed much earlier, we could have collected so many more," says Prasanth. 

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