KOTTAYAM: The Kerala Congress (M) steering committee here on Sunday took strong exception to the indefinite delay in the probe into the bar bribery case and it also decided not to claim demand for the Finance portfolio.
The steering committee has expressed its protest over delaying the probe into the case, which led to the resignation of KC(M) chairman K M Mani as minister indefinitely, and the same would be conveyed at the UDF committee.
Briefing the media, Mani said he is not scared of any probe, but is upset over the investigation getting lagged. On appointing a new Finance Minister from the party, the steering committee decided not to make any demands for the time being.
It was decided by the KC(M) not to demand the post and let Chief Minister Oommen Chandy continue to hold the portfolio for now, he said. The Chief Minister has been holding the Finance portfolio since Mani tendered his resignation in connection with the bar bribery case.
In protest against the steep fall in the price of rubber, the Kerala Congress (M) steering committee also decided to hold a fast on Wednesday in front of the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. In the steering committee, which continued for over two hours in the evening, all party MLAs barring Mons Joseph and the two MPs were present besides the party’s State office bearers and some district office bearers.
‘Let Babu Stay Peaceful’
K M Mani said he has no complaint against not registering FIR against Excise Minister K Babu against whom also the allegation was raised. “Good that an FIR was not registered against Babu. At least he can stay peaceful. I take his share of sufferings too,” he quipped.
don’t Wash dirty linen in public: thiruvanchoor
Kottayam: Controversies will not help anybody and hence it is better for the Congress party to avoid them, observed Minister for Forests Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan during a press meet here on Sunday. On the crux of the matter in the letter allegedly written by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, which he had denied, Thiruvanchoor said he did not approve of the same. He said if anybody in the party had an issue, it should be discussed within the party committee rather than in the open.