CPI(M)-led LDF opposition in Kerala ön Tuesday said it would intensify agitation against Finance Minister KM Mani and demanded his resignation over the bar bribery row while making it clear that the Front would not allow him to present the Budget next month.
The bar bribery row involving Finance Minister KM Mani found its echo in the state Assembly today on the first day of the Winter session with CPI-M led LDF staging a walkout demanding his resignation even as the Kerala Congress (M) chief rejected the charges as "baseless".
Within hours of cremation of Communist Marxist Party (CMP) founder leader MV Raghavan, rival factions formalised split in the party electing General Secretaries of their respective groups by meeting separately here.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday made it clear that his government would not go back on its new liquor policy of limiting bar licenses to only 5-star hotels as part of a move to implement total prohibition in the state in 10 years' time.
LDF opposition led by CPI-M members in Kerala on Tuesday staged a walkout in the Assembly over refusal to admit an adjournment motion regarding the murder of a DYFI activist allegedly by BJP workers at Pannathadi panchayat in Kasargod district.
With just twenty Lok Sabha seats, Kerala has eight ministers in the present Union cabinet. Of the eight two are Cabinet ranked, while other six are Ministers of State. This probably explains the importance of the southern state in UPA`s calculations which has traditionally seen a direct contest between the Congress-led United Democratic Front and the CPI(M) backed Left Democratic Front.
With two more days for the issue of election notification for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, CPI, the second largest partner in the CPI(M)-led LDF, has finalised candidates in four seats it is contesting.