Amidst the pandemonium that broke out in the Kerala assembly on Friday, a Congress legislator alleged that he was bitten by Jameela Prakasham, a woman legislator of the Left.
"I was standing beside Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, trying to protect him, when this happened," said Congress legislator K. Sivadasan Nair showing the alleged bite mark.
Congress MLA K. Sivadasan Nair alleges that he was bitten by Jameela Prakasham. (Photo: Manorama News screengrab)
The Left legislators threw out the speaker's chair and scattered the electronic equipment and his computer.
However, despite all efforts of the opposition, Finance Minister K.M. Mani managed to present his 13th state budget amid the unruly scenes.
Finance Minister KM Mani presenting the budget under the protective cover of his supporters against the Left Opposition. (PTI Photo)
Trouble was brewing since Thursday afternoon when all the Left legislators stayed back in the assembly for the night to ensure that Mani was not allowed to enter the assembly.
They have been accusing him of taking a bribe of Rs 1 crore to reopen closed bars in the state, and have demanded his resignation.
Mani also spent the Thursday night in his cabin in the assembly premises ahead of presenting the budget on Friday.
Shutdown on Saturday
Meanwhile, the Opposition LDF has called for a statewide hartal on Saturday to protest against the attack on legislators and workers.
“It is an attack on democracy. Even women legislators were not spared. We can’t be a mute spectator anymore,” said LDF convener Vaikkom Viswan adding the opposition would step up protest against Finance Minister K M Mani in coming days.
The coalition would also meet Governor Justice Sathasivam in this regard, he said.
Stand-off at the Kerala Legislative Assembly in Thiruvananthapuram. (PTI Photo)