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Hell breaks loose in Kerala Assembly: 14 pics that tell you everything

Kerala Assembly saw unprecedented violence on Friday as Opposition leaders clashed with MLAs of the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front, refusing to let finance minister KM Mani present the budget because of corruption charges against him.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2015 01:00 IST
Vishakha Saxena
Vishakha Saxena
Hindustan Times
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Kerala Assembly saw unprecedented violence on Friday as Opposition leaders clashed with MLAs of the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front, refusing to let finance minister KM Mani present the budget because of corruption charges against him.

The ruckus came after a dramatic night when Mani and some of his colleagues locked themselves inside the assembly to thwart the Opposition’s attempts to prevent him from delivering the speech. Members of the LDF also stayed inside the assembly overnight.

The incident has been widely criticised by lawmakers and by the media. And here's why:

1. Doors were blocked, chairs and tables were broken and stood upon

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(Images: ANI and Manorama Online TV grabs)



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(Source: Twitter, @RedditIndia)

2. Mics were pulled out and thrown

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(Manorama Online TV grab)

3. The Speaker's chair wasn't spared either

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(Manorama Online TV grab)

4. Security had to be called in to rescue and protect MLAs

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(PTI Photo)https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/3/budget2.jpg

(PTI Photo)
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(Source: Twitter, @FakeJourno)

5. Meanwhile, the finance minister proceeded to read out parts of the budget

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(PTI Photo)

UDF members and security staff had to form a strong cordon to prevent the Opposition from physically obstructing Mani.

6. MLAs fell left, right and centre

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(Source: Manorama Online)

7. And one Left MLA apparently couldn't take the pressure

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(Source: Mathrubhumi.com)

8. As if all of this wasn't enough, one MLA was bitten as well

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(Source: Manorama Online)

At a press conference later, Congress MLA K Sivadasan Nair took off his shirt to show bite marks and a CPI (M) legislator alleged she was partially disrobed in the chaos.

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(Source: Twitter, @Sovi_TNIE)

9. Chief minister Oomen Chandy looked quite unperturbed, however

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(Manorama Online TV grab)

10. Protests were widespread outside the House too

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(ANI Photo)

Police used water cannons and lathis to disperse thousands of LDF workers who had laid siege to the building. An LDF supporter who had arrived for the protests died of a heart attack.

At least nine MLAs were injured in the chaos and many security personnel sustained minor injuries.

“It was a black day for the state. It is a shame the house turned a battleground. It is high time for the angry members to introspect,” said a visibly upset chief minister Oommen Chandy. Speaker N Sakthan said he would take action against the erring members who destroyed his chamber.

First Published: Mar 13, 2015 18:48 IST