The irrepressible P C George,Government Chief Whip, has been asked by the party leadership to hold his tongue and not to create trouble for the UDF and the government through his perennial statements from time to time.
A meet of leaders and MLAs of the Kerala Congress held here the other day with supremo and Finance Minister K M Mani in the chair observed that many of the statements of George were totally unwarranted. The Parliamentary party meet veered around the view that the group needn’t interfere in the internal matters of the Congress and put the CM in a piquant situation.
A decision has also been taken not to join issue with the Congress in the solar scam at any level. A stern directive was issued by Mani to P C George in this regard. “Congress party itself will solve its problems,” George was told. Water Resources Minister P J Joseph and all other MLAs, except Prof N Jayaraj, were present at the meet. However,George maintained that his interventions in the solar scam were out of his anguish and concern that the UDF Government is heading for a crisis after getting mired in controversies one after the other. He also maintained that he would speak out the truth at any cost and the party directive to exercise restraint was not directed at him alone but all leaders. On the demand for a leadership change in the government, being raised by different quarters, he said that it is for the Congress to take a decision in this regard.