Thiruvananthapuram: Normal life was disrupted in Kerala on Wednesday due to the dawn-to-dusk 12-hour strike called by CPI-M-led LDF to demand resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam issue. Besides a few private vehicles and two-wheelers, other modes of transportation were off the road while shops and hotels remained shut.
Passengers, who arrived at railway stations and airports, were unaware of the strike. They got stranded due to non-availability of public transport. Barring a few incidents of stone pelting on private vehicles in some places, no violence was reported, the police said.
Security was tightened across the state in view of the strike, which has been called by the LDF as it stepped up pressure on the Congress-led UDF government.
The LDF has been on the agitation path for the past two weeks seeking to corner the government over the multi-crore solar panel scam, which has brought the Chief Minister's Office under cloud.
Chandy, who firmly rejected the demand for his resignation, has dismissed the charges against him as ‘a political conspiracy.’ The Assembly was adjourned sine-die on Tuesday after the
LDF continued to disrupt the proceedings over the scam.
LDF supporters on Tuesday clashed with the police near the secretariat complex forcing the cops to fire teargas shells. The solar scam pertains to alleged cheating of several persons to the tune of crores of rupees by Saritha Nair and her accomplice Biju Radhakrishnan by offering to get them solar panel solutions. Actress Shalu Menon has also been arrested in this connection.
They have been charged with luring investors on the promise of getting solar panel solutions by stating that they had high-level connections in the government.
The scam took a political turn with the arrest of one of Chandy's close personal aides, who allegedly has links with the accused. Two other employees in his personal staff have also been removed in connection with the scam.


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