Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition Congress and the BJP in Kerala continued their protests on Friday seeking the resignation of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the arrest of his former principal secretary M. Sivasankar and Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of the state CPI(M) chief, by the Enforcement Directorate in different cases.
The youth and women's wing of the Congress and the BJP, staged protests at various places across the state.
Police resorted to the use of water cannons at Kozhikode after Yuva Morcha workers tried to break the police barricades.
Mahila Congress members staged protests in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam seeking the resignation of the chief minister.
Protesters burnt effigies of Vijayan and CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan at various places.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala told that both the CPI(M) and the state government were under the scanner of probe agencies and sought the resignation of the chief minister.
"The party is in shambles after the four-and-a-half- year-long rule of Pinarayi Vijayan. It is the chief minister who is the prime accused in the gold smuggling case and all other related matters. Both the party and the government are under the scanner," Ramesh alleged.
Meanwhile, the BJP state unit said the central leadership of the Communist party was afraid of questioning the state leadership.
"His (CM's) explanation and the reply by the central leadership...is a farce. The chief minister did not answer any question from the reporters. The CPI(M) is now disowning Bineesh Kodiyeri. The party is lying," BJP state chief K. Surendran told the media.