Left Democratic Front (LDF) activists waved black flags at Chief Minister Oommen Chandy when he arrived to felicitate Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, in the city on Monday. They demanded his resignation for his alleged role in the solar scam.
Expecting protests, the police had blocked arterial roads, including Palace Road, Regional Theatre Road, KSFE Junction and Fine Arts College Road. A 600-strong police force was deployed for the Chief Minister’s security. The activists were led by K. Radhakrishanan and Babu M. Paliiseery MLAs, CPI(M) district secretary A.C. Moideen and AITUC State leader A.N. Rajan. Black flags were waved at the Chief Minister.
Trouble began when the activists tried to provoke Youth Congress workers, who arrived for a State-level meet held for collecting suggestions for the election manifesto. The police intervened and prevented the situation from spiralling out control. The protesters destroyed several flex boards of the UDF put up in the city. The LDF activists later took out a march in the city.
The impromptu traffic regulation created hardships for the people. Traffic was partially disrupted between 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Traffic restrictions were lifted after the Chief Minister’s convoy passed through the narrow road adjacent to the Kerala Sahitya Akademi.