Amid turbulence in Kerala Congress (M), with its supremo and Finance Minister KM Mani demanding removal of his party colleague P C George as government Chief Whip, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday said a decision on the issue would be taken in a few days.
CPI(M) veteran and Leader of Opposition VS Achuthanandan on Tuesday demanded registration of cases against the ruling UDF MLAs for allegedly outraging the modesty of LDF women legislators during the March 13 violent incidents in the Kerala Assembly.
In a rare convergence, Kerala's ruling Congress-led UDF and CPI-M headed LDF opposition, at loggerheads on several issues, have come out against the NDA Government's move to impose a nation-wide ban on cow slaughter and beef, dubbing it as an encroachment on personal liberty.
A day after the unprecedented ruckus in the Kerala Assembly which saw both Congress-led ruling UDF and CPI(M)-led Opposition LDF coming to blows, the two camps are gearing for another showdown seeking action against each other for the troubles in the House.
The Opposition’s protest against Finance Minister KM Mani presenting the Kerala Budget took a tragic turn, Friday, when a Left supporter died after he suffered a heart attack during clashes with the Police outside the Kerala Assembly.
As the bar bribe scam charges against K M Mani continue to haunt the UDF government, the Kerala Congress (M) supremo and state Finance Minister on Saturday scoffed at speculations that his resignation was imminent and that his party was being torn asunder by a succession struggle.
The Congress leading the ruling UDF in Kerala on Wednesday virtually favoured expelling minor partner Kerala Congress (B), headed by R Balakrishna Pillai, from the coalition in the wake of his charges against Finance Minister KM Mani in the bar bribe scam.
The bar bribe scam that cast a shadow over the Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala turned murkier on Monday with TV channels airing telephone tapes in which Kerala Congress (B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai purportedly asked entrepreneur Biju Ramesh to go ahead with his graft charge against Finance Minister KM Mani.
Continuing their attack against the Congress-led UDF government over the new liquor policy in the Assembly, CPI-M led LDF Opposition on Wednesday sought an adjournment motion on the proposed changes in the policy and staged a walkout in protest.
Criticising ruling UDF for its move to bring about changes in its liquor policy, CPI(M) on Tuesday said this much-touted policy was a ploy scripted by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Excise Minister K Babu for indulging in bargaining and corrupt deals.
Kerala's struggle to be sober by living down its reputation for high per capita alcoholic consumption sparked political tremors during 2014 even as the ruling Congress-led UDF maintained its sway in the Lok Sabha polls winning more than half the seats up for grab.
Mounting a grim attack on the Congress led UDF government in Kerala over bar bribery scam, CPI-M led LDF Opposition on Friday stalled assembly proceedings demanding resignation of Finance Minister K M Mani in the wake of Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau filing an FIR against him in the case.
Describing himself as the least autocratic, state Congress president VM Sudheeran who was criticised by his own party leaders for his adamant stand on Kerala's new liquor policy, Saturday described it as pragmatic and practical.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday rejected the CPI(M) led LDF opposition's charge that the UDF government is "smeared with corruption" with regard to its liquor policy and asserted there was no going back on it.
The Winter session of the Kerala Assembly began on a stormy note on Monday with the opposition LDF raising the bribery allegation against Finance Minister and Kerala Congress (M) supremo K M Mani to attack the Congress-led UDF government headed by Oommen Chandy.
Leader of opposition VS Achuthanandan on Monday asked two of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) allies, the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the Socialist Janatha (Democratic) Party, to leave the Oommen Chandy-led Kerala government.
Congress-led UDF government in Kerala on Thursday decided to assure the Centre that it would acquire and handover necessary land to NHAI for developing National Highway stretches at a width of 45 metres.