Congress buttoned up on protests when Centre hiked fuel prices, slams CM 

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan lashed out at the Congress when the Opposition demanded to halt the assembly proceedings to discuss the arrests of party workers arrested for waving black flags at the CM and the ministers. The chief minister slammed that those who were protesting against the state’s budget were tight-lipped when the central government hiked taxes and cess of petroleum products thirteen times.

Congress and BJP leadership are urging their workers to jump in front of the moving vehicles, which is extremely dangerous. The police officials were only attempting to avoid any mishaps due to this, said the CM.

Kerala has witnessed several massive public protests earlier. However, Congress has failed to gain popular support for its agitations and hence promoting treacherous ways of protests with a few activists, CM said.

As many as six cops were injured in the violent protests unleashed by the Congress. CM accused Shafi Parambil MLA and DCC president of attempting to barge into the Ernakulam police station and impeding the duty of police officers, when the activists who attacked police were arrested.

Other four activists, including a woman Congress worker, were also stopped when they hid and jumped in front of the convoy. The police resorted to such an action only to evade any accident, CM added. During the assembly session, CM asserted that the police actions were inevitable.

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