Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Finance and Law Minister K M Mani announces resignation from state cabinet, says he has sent it to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Will continue to support the Kerala government and the UDF said Mani.
Apart from Mani, Chief whip Thomas Unniyadan also tendered his resignation in moral support of Mani and as a tactic to pressure the Government. K M Mani’s day-long effort to pull his fellow minister and party leader P J Joseph also into the resignation spree did not materialise.
KC(M), a key partner in the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala, earlier today left it to its leader and Finance Minister K M Mani to take a call on the demand for his resignation in the wake of adverse High Court observations against him in the bar bribery case.
The decision assumes significance in the wake of reports that Mani, against whom an FIR has been registered in connection with the case, has offered to resign.
Taking into consideration the present political situation, the meeting entrusted Mani and party senior leader and Irrigation Minister P J Joseph to take a suitable decision on the matter. A decision will be announced today itself, he said.
When the steering committee meeting was over, Mani and Joseph held one-to-one meeting, party sources said.
On a day of hectic political activity and parleys among the UDF partners, pressure from Congress and other coalition partners mounted on 82-year-old Mani to step down.
Meanwhile, a UDF meeting has begun apparently to discuss the development in the KC(M).
Earlier in the day, KC(M) had stood firm stating that there was no need for Mani to resign as there was nothing against the finance Minister in the High Court order.
Meanwhile, CPI(M) veteran and State Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said Chief Minister Oommen chandy had the right to seek Mani’s resignation.
Chief Minister was not demanding resignation of Mani due to some fear that if further probe in the bar case is held, Chandy also would become an accused in the case, he alleged.
The opposition CPI(M)-led LDF had decided to intensify their agitation to put pressure on Mani to resign.
LDF leaders said they will not allow Mani to move freely in the state and block his movement. Mani’s move was a challenge to the people and showed his arrogance, they said.
BJP’s Yuvamorcha activists took out a protest march to Mani’s residence here demanding his resignation.
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