Protest siege of LDF, Yuva Morcha activists outside Kerala Assembly turns violent
The protest siege of Left Democratic Front and Yuva Morcha activists outside the Kerala Assembly turned violent on Friday.
Thiruvananthapuram: The protest siege of Left Democratic Front and Yuva Morcha activists outside the Kerala Assembly turned violent on Friday.
The protesters hurled stones at police and they in turn used tear gas shells.
The Kerala Assembly today witnessed unprecedented and ugly scenes as Finance Minister KM Mani, facing allegations in the bar bribery issue, presented the state Budget amidst stiff resistance by LDF-led Opposition who tried all means to thwart his attempt.
With the LDF making it clear that all roads leading to the Assembly would be blocked, Mani and some of his colleagues stayed back in the Assembly complex since yesterday's session.
Mani, who managed to enter the Assembly amidst bedlam, read out some excerpts of the Budget in the guard of watch and wards and tabled it before the House.
Tension mounted in the state capital after CPI(M)-led LDF opposition warned the Congress-headed UDF government that they would go to any extent if Mani, facing allegations in the bar bribery case, would try to present the Budget and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy made it clear in the Assembly that Mani himself would present the Budget as he has the constitutional right for it.
Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau had registered a case against Mani in December last year in connection with the allegations that he had accepted bribe from bar owners to renew liquor licences.
The allegations were levelled by Kerala state Bar Hotel Owner's Association Working president Biju Ramesh.
(With Agency inputs)