Thiruvananthapuram: Left Democratic Federation (LDF) and the opposition Congress had a verbal fight in the Kerala Assembly over the Sabarimala issue. 

The Assembly session was adjourned for the fourth consecutive day due to the ongoing Sabarimala row. The oppositional MLAs began an indefinite hunger strike in front of the secretariat against the government’s stand to not discuss the temple issue.

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The opposition staged a protest in the well of the House following chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan mocking the ‘satyagraha’ called by the UDF.

The Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala had said that MLAs VS Sivakumar, Parakkal Abdulla and Dr AS Jayarajan will perform ‘satyagraha’ in front of the Assembly.

Both leaders of the opposition and chief minister had talked twice, and the opposition members alleged that Chennithala was not given time to reply in the Assembly.

The LDF also entered the well of the House to resist the opposition and this led to dramatic scenes in the Assembly. Later, the Assembly was adjourned.

Chennithala had begun his speech by saying that the Assembly procedures won’t be disrupted on Monday. He later clarified that three MLAs will perform ‘satyagraha’. Vijayan mocked the opposition regarding this and alleged that UDF is trying to give support to the protest staged by the BJP.

CM mocked Chennithala’s point by mentioning that he had expected this move from the Congress, as the BJP had held a protest in front of the secretariat.

When the chief minister alleged that the Congress’ had ties with the RSS, Chennithala hit back at Vijayan by saying that an RSS-backed organisation was made in charge of the Annadanam at Sabarimala by the government.