While the protesters blocked three gates of the secretariat, the police managed to keep one gate open, through which Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues entered the complex. (Agencies)
Though a few contingents of central paramilitary forces have already been brought to the city, they have been kept as a reserve and police were deployed in full strength for the security of the seat of power.
Chandy, who came to power in May 2011 after leading the Congress-led UDF to victory in the Assembly polls on Sunday said that force would not be used to suppress the agitation if it was carried out peacefully but he would be compelled to act sternly if violence erupts.
Spurning the olive branch held out by Chandy, LDF leaders rejected the offer of talks, asserting that there was no compromise on the demand for his resignation.
Rocking the state for some two months, the solar scam has brought Chandy under a cloud, especially after the arrest of a personal assistant in his office for his alleged links with the accused.
The scam pertains to financial cheating of several people by accused Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha Nair, both under arrest, by offering clients solar energy solutions. The accused allegedly flaunted their clout with the CM's office for duping unsuspecting clients of huge sums.
Meanwhile, causing further embarrassment to Chandy, a local television channel on Sunday night beamed a photograph showing Saritha sharing platform with him during a function in January last year.
While the protesters blocked three gates of the secretariat, the police managed to keep one gate open, through which Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues entered the complex.