Minister resigns after controversy over anti-constitutional statement SEXI News


Minister resigns after controversy over anti-constitutional statement

Kerala Fisheries Minister Saji Cherian had criticized the Constitution for allegedly saying that it “pardons exploitation” and has been written in such a way that it can be used to “rob” the people of the country. After severe criticism, Cherian resigned, saying that a particular part of his statement was a story with the intention of weakening the CPI(M) and the LDF.

Saji Cherian. (Photo Credits: Facebook/@sajicheriancpim)

Thiruvananthapuram / Pathanamthitta: He resigned on Wednesday evening following alleged anti-constitutional remarks by Minister Saji Cherian in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.

According to news agency ANI, he said, ‘This is my personal decision. I have never defamed the Constitution. A select part of my speech was taken and the media weaved a story to weaken the CPI(M) and the LDF.

Significantly, Saji Cherian, who is holding the responsibility of Fisheries Minister of Kerala, has reportedly criticized the Constitution, saying that it “forgives exploitation” and has been written in such a way that it can be used to “loot” the people of the country. ‘ can be done for.

Cherian made this statement at a political event held recently at Mallapally in the southern district. The issue came to the fore after regional television channels aired the speech on Tuesday.

He said, ‘We all say that we have a well written constitution, but I would say that the constitution is written in such a way that it can be used to loot the people of the country.’

Earlier, the Congress-led UDF created a ruckus in the assembly on Wednesday over his statement, after which Speaker MB Rajesh adjourned the house for the day.

As soon as the proceedings of the House began, members of the opposition party came in front of the podium raising slogans demanding Cherian’s resignation. He urged the Speaker to look into his motion to adjourn the Question Hour and discuss the issue.

However, the Speaker decided to adjourn the House for the day as the UDF members refused to return to their respective seats despite their repeated requests.

After this, the opposition members staged a walkout from the house and staged a dharna at the door of the assembly building carrying placards. They also raised slogans against Cherian and the Left government.

Many opposition parties criticized Cherian’s statement and demanded his resignation.

Minister expressed regret for his statement

Cherian later expressed regret over the statement and claimed that the reports given about it had been tampered with.

Describing himself as a public servant, the minister had full faith in the values ​​of the Constitution, hours after his speech at a program was telecast on a local television channel on Tuesday.

The opposition had demanded the resignation of the minister from the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet, while the ruling party CPI(M) rejected the demand.

In a statement given in the state assembly in the afternoon, Cherian said the reports claiming to criticize the Constitution at an event organized at Mallapally in Pathanamthitta district have been distorted from facts.

He said, ‘I am a public servant and respect the Constitution and believe in its noble values. I never intended to insult the Constitution or say anything against it.

criticism of the opposition

Cherian’s remarks went unnoticed by the main opposition Congress and BJP. Strongly criticizing the remarks, KPCC President K. Sudhakaran and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly VD Satheshan urged Chief Minister Vijayan to remove Cherian from the cabinet or be prepared to face strict legal action.

Satishan had said, ‘Saji Cherian violated the oath of office by insulting the Constitution. He not only humiliated the framers of the Constitution, but also insulted values ​​like secularism and democracy. He should resign. He should be thrown out of the ministry. Otherwise, we will demand legal action against them.

BJP state president K. Surendran also demanded the immediate removal of Cherian and said that he does not have the moral right to continue in the post even for a moment.

Surendran alleged that the disrespect of the leaders of the Marxist Party towards the Constitution came to the fore through Cherian’s words.

CPI(M) said- tongue slipped

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Tuesday rejected the opposition’s demand for the resignation of Kerala minister Saji Cherian for criticizing the Constitution.

While clarifying the criticism of the Constitution by Cherian, the CPI(M) termed it as a mere slip of the tongue.

CPI(M) politburo member MA Baby said an explanation has been sought from the minister, who is also a member of the party’s Kerala state secretariat. He told that no criticism was made against the Constitution.

Baby said that his tongue must have slipped. Giving clarification, the minister said that he meant the current socio-economic system prevailing in the country. Baby said that Cherian told that he has not said anything against the constitution.

Talking to Malayalam media persons in New Delhi, Baby said that the minister’s remarks may have been misinterpreted, so there is no need to demand his resignation.

(with input from news agency language)

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