Many believe Konni will witness a photo finish as they feel all the three top fronts have fielded the best candidates possible. But the LDF and UDF have a slight upper hand over the BJP, they say.
Officers said 226 persons were arrested from the Kochi City Police limits while the rest were picked up from the jurisdictions under Ernakulam Rural Police.
The state government and the CPM are creating an atmosphere of fear and anarchy by slapping non-bailable cases and raiding the houses of BJP-RSS workers across the state, he said.
Sabarimala row: Kerala HC asks state government's response on plea seeking police protection to women
Women approached the Kerala High Court on Tuesday seeking police protection for entering the premises of the Lord Ayyappa temple.
Vijayan has said the Sabarimala temple is the property of the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) and that none else has any rights over it.
According to sources, several persons belonging to both sides were injured in the clash, which occurred around 7.30 pm.
In an apparent reference to attacks on IGs Manoj Abraham and S Sreejith — who were on duty at Sabarimala — he said attempts were made to isolate and target police officers.
The Chief Minister ridiculed the Pandalam royal family for creating a furore over the issue of rights over the hill shrine.