Kerala bar bribery row: K M Mani says won’t meet Amit Shah

Mani was purportedly annoyed over the Congress’s bid to protect Babu even after he put in his papers.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:February 1, 2016 12:10 am
Kerala bar bribery, Kerala, K M Mani, Oommen Chandy, Kerala bar bribery case, Kerala bar bribery ministers, ministers in Kerala bar bribery, Kerala news, India news Mani has been cooling his heels even as “bar tainted’’ Congress minister K Babu was retained in the Cabinet.

A day after the Congress-led United Democratic Front invited Kerala Congress(M) chairman K M Mani to return to the state Cabinet, the former state finance minister on Sunday dropped plans to meet BJP president Amit Shah next week.

The regional Christian party leader was forced to resign from the Cabinet in November last year after the High Court upheld the Thrissur Vigilance Court’s decision to conduct further probe into an allegation that he had taken Rs 1 crore bribe from bar owners to renew liquor licences. Mani has since then been cooling his heels even as “bar tainted’’ Congress minister K Babu was retained in the Cabinet.

Mani was purportedly annoyed over the Congress’s bid to protect Babu even after he put in his papers.

On Friday, he had said that he would be happy to meet Amit Shah during the BJP chief’s visit to Kottayam, scheduled for Thursday. To prevent the BJP ranks swelling, the UDF held out an olive branch in its meeting on Saturday, asking Mani to rejoin the Cabinet. Mani is yet to reply in the affirmative and is seen as bidding his time.

Mani’s son and MP from Kottayam Jose K Mani on Sunday said although the former minister had expressed his intention to meet Shah, the party has not discussed the issue. “As of now, there won’t be any meeting with the BJP leader,’’ he added.

Kerala Congress(M) has always been on the BJP’s radar, as the saffron party, eager to perform well in the Assembly polls this year, goes about aggressively wooing the Christian community in the state.
In recent weeks, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan had met several bishops during his ongoing political tour, ‘Kerala Liberation Yatra’.

Sources in the state BJP said Shah is likely to meet some bishops during his time in Kottayam. Rajasekharan would tour the district the same day, although details are yet to be finalised, the sources said.

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    KMR Overseas
    Feb 1, 2016 at 2:33 am
    They aren't Bishops, they are booth level politicians hiding behind cross.
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      MarthomaSuriani
      Feb 1, 2016 at 5:57 am
      Well, it has nothing to do with the Shah of the Indians, really who is he in Kerala?.Real Suriani Achayans will degrade and humiliate the Kerala Catholic Church for using the term Syro(Suriani) and ociating with us, if they try an alliance with the Baniyas.Every servant is given his place and under our patronage , the Catholics have received a free hand in Kerala to acquire property,the princely yrians had their slaves (Jewish and others) brought to Kerala, when the great migrations happend and each of these communities co -existed and developed at separate levels, but together - which eventually resulted in the modern mix that is Kerala .So a servants freedom stop there, if servant wants to be deciding master - it wont be allowed.Basically, you either be true to Kerala or you face the consequences of being degraded to the status of whatever you ociate with.Mani,Rome and the Catholics has made a good choice by coming in line.I would advise the Catholic Bishops to stay in line just as Mani has and keep religion and Politics separate for the betterment of the people.
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        MarthomaSuriani
        Feb 1, 2016 at 10:38 am
        neeyaru Muresh gopiyo?
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          mtv
          Feb 1, 2016 at 4:14 am
          Shaju, once in a while, you can also cover some good news from Kerala such as CIAL Solar plant etc. You need not report only bad news from Kerala. There are are also many good things happening in Kerala compared to any other states and cities in India.
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            Syrian Jacobite
            Feb 1, 2016 at 6:47 am
            Onnu poda! Servants may become masters and masters servants. Take your feudal mindset and religious high-handedness and shove it up your...pidi kittiyo evide? ya, athu thanne!
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              Syrian Jacobite
              Feb 1, 2016 at 6:51 am
              Whether Mani meets Shah or not, the rise of the BJP in Kerala cannot be wished away by the Congress and the Left.
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                Curious onlooker
                Feb 1, 2016 at 4:45 am
                The Bishops should unfrock themselves and become politicians of convenience against their theological wisdom. It is unthinkable they should be cavorting with a party known for its minority religious repression and divisive rule.
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