Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani presents budget amid ruckus in assembly

| Friday, March 13, 2015 - 12:39
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Thiruvananthapuram: Despite high drama inside and outside the Kerala Assembly, Finance Minister KM Mani presented the budget on Friday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was also present during the tabling of the Budget.

LDF and Yuva Morcha activists are protesting around the Kerala assembly against Finance Minister KM Mani, claiming that Mani accepted a bribe of Rs.1 crore to renew licenses of bars that were shut down last year by the administration.

Ugly scenes of violence were witnessed both inside and outside the assembly spent the night in one of the rooms of the state assembly. Chairs were also thrown inside the assembly.

Protesters turned violent outside the assembly and police lathicharged on them and tear gas were hurled at protesters. Four LDF MLAs were injured during protest but Opposition is still continuing with the protest.

They have taken the unusual step of locking themselves inside the assembly premises to pre-empt the Opposition, which had threatened to stop Mr Mani from entering the assembly today to present the Budget.

Members of LDF-led opposition, who were stressing their demand for resignation of Mani over the bar bribery issue, also stayed back in the Assembly after yesterday's session and sat in the well of the House since morning.

Opposition MLAs, including senior leaders and women members, were adamant in their stand that they would not allow the "tainted" minister to present the budget.

They also laid siege at the entrance of the Assembly hall to check Mani from entering there. However, the ruling MLAs managed to bring the 82-year-old Finance Minister in the hall.

There was also a scuffle between the opposition members and watch and wards.

Meanwhile, a group of LDF MLAs rushed to the Speaker's dais and threw his chair out of podium.

(With PTI Inputs)

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