Updated: November 10, 2015 2:19:31 pm
With barely six months left for the assembly elections, former government chief whip P C George on Tuesday said he would resign as legislator.
George, a former vice chairman of Kerala Congress (M), has been keeping away from the party over differences of opinion with party chairman K M Mani.
George told media in Kottayam that he would submit the resignation to the Assembly Speaker on Thursday.
But amidst the clamour for the resignation of KM Mani in the bar bribery scandal, his party, the Kerala Congress, maintained that the state finance minister does not have to step down.
In a startling claim, party leader and government chief whip Thomas Unniyadan said that the Kerala High Court order yesterday was, in fact, not against Mani but in his favour as the Vigilance Court observations against the state finance minister had been expunged.
“There is not even a word against Mani in the verdict. Why should he resign? The high court verdict is favouring the minister. Has the court said anywhere that Mani was guilty? And, so, there is no reason for him to resign,” he told PTI, adding that the verdict had been wrongly interpreted by the media.
The ruling UDF is locked in a bitter debate over whether it should ask Mani to step down. There are fears within the government that Mani and his MLAs would withdraw support to the government if asked to resign. In that case, the government, which has a slender majority in the state Assembly, could indeed fall down.
State Assembly elections are scheduled to take place next year.
(With PTI inputs)
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