Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: Commotion prevailed in front of the office of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan in the Secretariat for over half-an-hour on Wednesday evening after a section of visitors, especially women, raised protest as they could not submit memorandum to him.

The visitors who had come from far-flung areas were upset when Mr. Achuthanandan left for AKG Centre to attend an LDF meeting.

The Chief Minister, who had a busy schedule in addition to the weekly Cabinet meeting, arrived at the office around 3.30 p.m. The Chief Minister presided over a meeting in connection with the setting up of a maintenance base of Air India.

After meeting the office-bearers of the Coca Cola Virudha Samithi and the Plachimada Aikyadardhya Samithi, Mr. Achuthanandan left for AKG centre. This upset the visitors.

Seeing mediapersons, who were around to cover the high-level meeting, the visitors spoke against the Chief Minister. Almost all of them had passes to enter the Chief Minister's office. Some of the women pointed out that they were waiting to see Mr. Achuthanandan without having food and did not have money to come again to submit memorandum.

The staff at the Chief Minister's office did not intervene. But, with the visitors hanging around, Chief Minister's political secretary K.N. Balagopal and press secretary Balakrishnan intervened to pacify them.

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