Chennithala’s son gets engaged amid hartal; Guests arrive in cars, Chennithala on Scooter

Kochi : As Congress-led hartal brings life to a standstill, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala hosted his son’s engagement ceremony with usual bling in city’s upscale Panampilly.

The ceremony cannot be postponed as there are no muhurthums(auspicious time) available later with the ominous Kanni masam(Virgo) almost here, explained Chennithala.

Chennithala’s son is doctor with a popular private hospital in the city while his would-be is a medico in US.

Party veterans, politicians and public figures stepped from their cars at the plush hotel while Chennithala was driven by a scooter to the venue.

Interestingly, Congress workers were reported blocking private vehicles earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, the LDF dawn-to-dusk hartal in state called concurrent to Congress Bharat Bandh  upto 3 pm has been largely peaceful with isolated cases of stone pelting reported against KSRTC buses that attempted to run early morning.

Congress and several opposition parties including LDF in Kerala demand that petrol and diesel  be brought into  GST ambit. That will result in fuel prices falling by about Rs 15 to Rs 18 instantly.

Unabated, petrol and diesel prices touched record highs again today pushing price of petrol in the national capital to Rs 80.73 and diesel vending at Rs 72.83.


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