Defying the directives issued by the UDF and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, government Chief Whip P C George and Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar once again locked horns at a meeting convened here on Thursday to discuss issues related to Ecologically Fragile Land in the state.
Right in front of the Chief Minister, Irrigation Minister P J Joseph, select MLAs and other officials, George and Ganesh tried to score over each other, and in the end, the Forest Minister moved out of the meet in a haste.
The trouble began when George tried to raise the Nelliampathy Cherunelli estate issue and asked what clauses of EFL Act were supposed to be applied on it.
To this, Ganesh replied that the meeting was convened to discuss only EFL issues and not estate takeovers.
When George questioned it, a heated exchange of words between the two began.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy also said that issues related to lease land estates were something to be addressed on a different scale and the agenda of the meet was EFL.
As the war of words continued, Ganesh left the meeting stating that he had other programmes to attend.
MLAs Roshy Augustine and M Shamsudeen and officials were present at the meeting.