Keeping the embers alive on the moves directed against Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan within the Congress, a direct salvo was fired by K Muraleedharan MLA on Friday, demanding that the former should relinquish the Home portfolio.
“Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should take over the Home portfolio. Otherwise big setbacks will emerge in the Lok Sabha polls,” Muraleedharan warned. He also said that Thiruvanchoor should be given some other portfolio.
Muraleedharan told mediapersons here that the remarks of the Jail DGP had left the Home portfolio in bad light. He was one of the first, along with K Sudhakaran MP, to insist in the wake of the Facebook controversy involving the accused in the T P Chandrasekharan murder case that it’s answer time for the Home Minister for the entire developments and Thiruvanchoor should resign.
In the first indirect hit against Thiruvanchoor in the current controversy after Facebook postings were out, Muraleedharan had demanded the convening of the KPCC - Government coordination committee.
Though Jail DGP Alexander Jacob tried to wriggle out of the controversy by withdrawing his remarks and expressing apologies on Friday, after Thiruvanchoor sought an explanation from him, the I Group, of which K Muraleedharan is currently a strong votary, seems to be not ready to settle for anything less than the Home Minister’s replacement. A consistent attempt is being made to underscore that Thiruvanchoor is a failure in his innings as Home Minister.