Alphons said M J Akbar's resignation from the council of ministers in the wake of charges of sexual harassment against him would not affect the prospects of BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as the party had taken "prompt action".
The Supreme Court had last week came down heavily on the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, issuing a warning it will "shut it down" and the authorities should "demolish or restore" the structure.
Family tour to the two popular tourist destinations of north India seems to have provided Alphons insights into issues tourists face on a day-to-day basis at major tourist spots to help him address them better.
Alphons Kannanthanam was at Kochi to chair a review meeting between officials of Railway Board and Kerala government on the development of railways in the state. He said doubling of railway lines via Kottayam will be completed by March, 2020.
"The BJP government was charging Rs 45 as tax on the price of petrol at Rs 25 per litre. It shows the insensitivity of the government towards the people, which instead of taking corrective measure is giving absurd statement," he said.
The newly-inducted minister added that the government is focused on the welfare of the downtrodden, which costs "enormous amounts of money", and therefore the people who can afford to pay will be taxed.