news Friday, March 27, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | March 27, 2015 | 3.30 pm IST The Kerala Congress (Mani group) [KC(M)] has demanded the removal of its Vice Chairman P C George from the position of chief whip for the time being. He however will not be expelled from the party The UDF has not announced its official decision yet. George has expressed his unwillingness to stay in KC (M). George on Friday met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and IT minister P.K. Kunhalikutty at the Cliff House in Thiruvananthapuram and expressed his willingness to resign. He said that it was Finance Minister K M Mani and his family who wanted his removal as chief whip. Mani told the media that he did request the CM to remove George from the chief whip's post, but that Chandy was not ready to commit himself and told the Finance Minister that a decision could only be taken after consulting other UDF leaders. The reason behind George’s removal is said to have stemmed last week when he told the media that Mani, who is facing bribery charges in the bar scam, should have resigned when the controversy erupted. George also said that Mani would have got an opportunity to bounce back once he proved his innocence. Though George carried a resignation letter with him during the meeting with the CM, for some reason he did not hand it over to the CM initially. He told the media that it was up to the CM and other senior UDF leaders to make a decision regarding his resignation. Reports state that Mani is firm on his demand that P C George should be removed from the post of government chief whip and that he even gave a letter to the CM in this respect. On Thursday, Kerala Congress (M) MLAs demanded, in a meeting held at the official residence of Finance Minister K M Mani, the removal of George’s removal as chief whip. MLAs belonging to the P J Joseph faction of the Kerala Congress party however remained silent at the meeting. The KC (M) Vice Chairman said that if Mani failed to prove his innocence in the scam, it would be a big setback for the Front during the local body elections later this year and Assembly polls next year. Meanwhile, in an interview given to Mathrubhumi News, George alleged that Chandy and Chennithala had promised Mani there would not be any chargesheet against him in the bar bribery case and that the case would be wrapped up by April. Tweet

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