THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has sought the resignation of actor Innocent as the Lok Sabha member of Chalakkudy segment, for his snide remarks against women actors which have attracted all-round condemnation.
“Innocent should resign as MP as his repeated remarks against women have created an uproar and generated strong criticism. The comments made by Leftist people’s representatives - Innocent, Mukesh and Ganesh Kumar - are a shame to Kerala. The CPM and LDF as well as the Chief Minister have not commented anything on the anti-women stand of the MP and two MLAs,” Chennithala told reporters here.
He also demanded Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan apologise to society after withdrawing his statement there is no conspiracy in the actor assault case.
Chennithala also had a dig at Chief Secretary Nalini Netto for dancing to the tunes of the government. “If the present Chief Secretary is asked to catch and bring something, she will go beyond the brief and bring it dead,” he said, referring to how the state Cabinet had pursued an ordinance to favour self-financing college managements. Chennithala was bemused on what happened to the CPI and minister V S Sunil Kumar, when the CPM steamrolled the second biggest ally in the LDF by transferring Devikulam Sub-Collector Sreeram Venkitaraman overruling the objections raised by Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, and in other issues. “Has a brave CPI and fiery Sunil Kumar lost all steam?,” he asked.
On the hardships faced by people in the state with the introduction of GST, Ramesh said things would have been better had the tax Bill been discussed properly in the Assembly. “The government issued an ordinance instead. There was no adequate preparedness either in the state to tackle the hitches. What is going to rule the roost over GST is ‘inspection raj’ in the state,” he said. “Modi has thrown the people in front of traders for looting, through GST instead of addressing the teething issues,” he said.