Amid Oppisition protest, Kerala Minister MM Mani says 'didn't insult women'
Apr 26, 2017, 08:42
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday rejected the demand for the resignation of M M Mani and said the power minister's alleged remarks against women had been "distorted and magnified" by the media.
The Kerala Assembly witnessed pandemonium today morning as the Opposition staged protest inside the Assembly hall demanding the resignation of Minister M.M. Mani.
A march by Youth Congress workers carrying an effigy of Electricity Minister M M Mani near a venue where Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was addressing a meeting of police officers in the Kannur range created tension for some time on Monday.
Angered by Mani's remarks, the women plantation workers launched a protest on Sunday afternoon. "I will resign only if my party asks me", he said.
The remarks by CPI (M) leader and power minister M M Mani against sub-collector of Devikulam Sriram Venkataraman at a series of public functions in Idukki district last night drew widespread condemnation, including from the ruling coalition partner, CPI.
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Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, who spoke after the protest, called for discussing the urgent resolution by suspending the Q&A session.
"When I am speaking I do not know to hide what is in my mind". Kerala Industries Minister Jayarajan had resigned in October past year over charges of nepotism while state Transport Minister AK Saseendran quit his post late last month after an audio clip of him purportedly asking for sexual favours from a woman was played on a newly launched TV channel.
Mr. Vijayan also came down on the protests being staged by pembilai orumai in Munnar demanding an apology from Mani, terming it politically motivated.
State CPI-Marxist Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan refused to comment. "I believe that Pinarayi Vijayan has appointed Mani to shower abuses on others, an endeavour the chief minister himself can not do and the minister is doing it exceptionally well", he said.
Mani, who is known for making controversial remarks, also said the official should be "banished to Oolampara", a mental asylum here. Find us on Facebook too!
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