Adding a new dimension to the bar bribe scam, a bar hotel owner on Sunday alleged that there had been attempts to sabotage the Vigilance inquiry into the charge that Finance Minister KM Mani had demanded and taken a hefty sum as bribe for favourable decisions.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Sunday demanded arrest of Kerala`s Finance Minister KM Mani over the charges that he had received a Rs.1 crore bribe to re-open the closed bars in the state.
On a day when over 58 persons embraced Hinduism in Kerala's Kottayam, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party appealed to all parties to support it over an anti-conversion law so as to put an end to the controversial trend.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday asserted that the new liquor policy of allowing liquor bars only in hotels with five-star tag would be implemented with vigour in co-operation with all sections of society.
Kottayam Lok Sabha constituency, home to a large number of rubber cultivators and one of the primary trading centres of natural rubber, is all set to witness a fierce fight between sitting MP and UDF candidate of KC-M, Jose K Mani, and LDF`s JDS nominee Mathew T Thomas in the April 10 polls.
In an embarrassment to the ruling Congress-led UDF in Kerala, government Chief Whip PC George on Sunday inaugurated `Run for Unity`, a campaign sponsored by BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to mark the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
One of the oldest regional political formations, Kerala Congress, has turned 50 with its various factions active players in the state`s coalition set-up despite their fractious nature which has seen them splitting into leader-centric outfits over the years.