Kerala minister resigns over sex scandel

Sunday, Mar 26, 2017,15:07 IST By anju A A A

Kozhikode | Kerala transport minister A K Saseendran of NCP has resigned over a sex scandel pertaining to the allegation of his direct involvement in a foul talk with a woman over telephone. An expose by a local television channel showed the minister engaged in to mean talk aimed at sexual favour with a widow who approched him for some governmental aid.
In a crowded press conference in Kozhikode this evening Mr Saseendran announced his decision to step down. However he denied the entire allegation levelled against him. “For upholding the moral and ethical stand of the Left Front in power pending any enquiry I am tendering my resignation. Everything is upto the chief Minister” A visibly confidant Saseendran was firm on his stand.
The minister said his resignation should not be seen as an acceptance of guilt.
“My resignation is to uphold political morality”, he told reporters.
Pointing out that he had not behaved in an improper manner with anyone, Saseendran said he was prepared to face any probe.
“A proper investigation is needed. All facts should come”, he said, adding he welcomed any probe.
“My stand is I have not done anything wrong. I am denying the allegation and welcome any probe”, he said.
Saseendran is the second minister after E P Jayarajan, former Industries minister, to quit the 10-month-old Vijayan cabinet.
This is the second blow to the 10th month CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala after the resignation of Jayarajan over charges of nepotism for appointing two of his close relatives to top position in state PSUs.
The development comes at a time when the Malappuram bypoll is to be held on April 12.
As media reports surfaced, Saseendran cancelled all his public programmes at Kozhikode and remained indoors at the government guest house for the day.
The expose created a fillip of aversion among the public and it is learnt that the chief minister Mr Vinarayi Vijayan had taken a cut and dried stand to seek the minister’s ouster. Pinarayi Vijayan, said he viewed the allegations ‘seriously’and revealed that the minister had spoken to him.
The exposed audio had many instances of obscene wordings which the channel decided to mute. The minister’s response to the incident was that he had fallen prey to some untoward move.
However he annonced his willingness to step down from the ministership. His party sources initially seemed to be carefully keeping out from the brouhaha after taking a neutral stand.
Mr Saseendran is one of the two representatives the party has in the Assembly. A prominent face of the party in Kerala Mr Saseendran got reelected from Elathur in Kozhikode. The second one is Mr Thomas Chandy representing Kuttanad constituency.
NCP state president Uzhavoor Vijayan had earlier said that the party had taken a stand on the issue that if the mnister found guilty, it was not to shield him.
Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the Chief Minister should conduct a probe and if the minister is guilty, he should be asked to resign.
“The truth needs to come out. The report has shocked everyone,” Chennithala told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.