Kerala opposition resumes its tirade against Mani

The functioning of the secretariat and district administration was hit as the LDF activists prevented the employees from entering the offices.



By T K Devasia

Published: Fri 24 Apr 2015, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:40 PM

Trivandrum - Kerala’s Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) on Wednesday launched their second phase of agitation for the resignation of Finance Minister K M Mani in connection with the bar bribery scam by laying siege to the state secretariat at Trivandrum and district administration headquarters in the remaining13 districts.

The functioning of the secretariat and district administration was hit as the LDF activists prevented the employees from entering the offices. In the state capital, hundreds of LDF workers blocked all the four gates of the secretariat.

However the police helped Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues enter the secretariat through the Cantonment gate by arresting and removing protestors from there. The arrested included four MLAs.

CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan inaugurated the protest in front of the secretariat. Speaking on the occasion, he said Mani was continuing in office even five months after a first information report was filed against him because the Oommen Chandy government was following two types of rules-one for the ruling front and the other for the opposition.

“It is five months since an FIR was registered against Mani on the basis of the allegation levelled by a bar owner that he had taken a bribe of Rs.10 million for reopening the closed bars. He has not been arrested so far,” Balakrishnan said.


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