AKG remark row: Eggs thrown at VT Balram at Thrithala

UDF called for a hartal in Thrithala on Thursday following the incident

Palakkad: Protesting against MLA VT Balram's controversial Facebook post on Communist icon A K Gopalan, a group of CPM activists threw eggs at the legislator and even tried to manhandle him at Thrithala here on Wednesday.

Balram was invited to inaugurate a private laboratory at Thrithala, which is his constituency. As he arrived for the function, CPM activists staged a protest march to the venue, which later led to a violent clash between CPM and Congress activists.

The UDF has called for a hartal in the assembly constituency on Thursday following the incident.

When the MLA reached the venue, the CPM activists hurled stones at him. His Innova Car has been damaged in the stone pelting.

Police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the agitators. Many party men have been injured.

Meanwhile former chief minister and senior congress leader Oommen Chandy slammed CPM followed by the incident.

"The attack against Balram revealed the fascist face of CPM today," said Oommen Chandy while responding to the protest.

He declared that Congress will stage a strong protest against CPM. He also demanded that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should respond on the issue.

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