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LDF lays siege in front of secretariat, district collectorates

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Thiruvananthapuram: Intensifying their agitation against state Finance Minister KM Mani, facing bribery allegations, CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front Wednesday laid a siege in front of the state secretariat here, pressing for his resignation.

The siege was also to seek action against members of the Assembly, who allegedly misbehaved with women MLAs during the ruckus in the house on March 13 during budget presentation.

LDF members had tried to prevent the FM from presenting the budget that day.

Hundreds of LDF activists, volunteers and MLAs converged at the Secretariat early this morning, blocked all four gates and raised slogans against the UDF government and demanded the resignation of the Finance Minister.

At least four MLAs, including V Sivankutty, were arrested and removed by police.

Though the protestors tried to block all the gates of the secretariat, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and state ministers, with police help, managed to enter the complex to attend to office work, including the weekly cabinet meeting.

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