Angry Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party workers who opposed M B Mubarak’s candidacy from Coonoor threw chappals and eggs at the car of former union minister and DMK leader A Raja near Udhagamandalam on Friday.

According to police officials, around 400 DMK workers reportedly owing allegiance to former state minister D Ramachandran gathered in front of a hall in Kothagiri where Raja, former Lok Sabha member from Udhagamandalam, was to introduce the candidate.

As the car reached the venue, chappals and eggs were thrown at the vehicle. Some of the missiles landed on the car even as the workers gheraoed Raja, by preventing him and Mubarak from getting out of the car. 

The protest came a day after party patriarch M Karunanidhi appealed to the cadres to put behind their disappointments over the choice of nominees and work unitedly for DMK's victory assuming that he is the candidate in all the constituencies. DMK, which is seeking to storm back to power in the polls, has been facing protests over the choice of candidates in several constituencies and had changed four of them already.

Police said they managed to clear the crowd and made way for the two leaders to reach the meeting hall.The meeting, attended by nearly 800 DMK workers, went off peacefully, police added.

There has been strong opposition to the nomination of Mr Mubarak, a former whip of the party in the assembly, from the supporters of Mr Ramachandran, who claimed that their leader had nurtured the constituency well.However, the party has stuck to its decision to field Mr Mubarak ignoring the protests.