P. C. George resigns as Member of Assembly

P. C. GeorgeThiruvananthapuram: Former Government Chief Whip P. C. George submitted his resignation as member of the Assembly to the Speaker here today.

Mr. George’s resignation comes when the Speaker is to pronounce his verdict on the petition seeking Mr. George’s disqualification for defection in a petition filed by Government Chief Whip Thomas Unniyadan (Kerala Congress-M).

Government plans more stringent abkari policy

Chief Minister Oommen ChandyChief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday that a decision on accepting the resignation of Government Chief Whip Thomas Unniyadan would be taken in consultation with Kerala Congress (M) Chairman K. M. Mani.

The Chief Minister said that Mr. Mani wanted the Chief Minister to be in charge of the Finance portfolio which was the default position.

Chief Minister denies that Mr. Mani resigned under pressure

Chief Minister Oommen ChandyChief Minister Oommen Chandy said here today that neither he nor the UDF had demanded Mr. Mani’s resignation.

Announcing acceptance of Mr. Mani’s resignation, the Chief Minister said that he still considered Mr. Mani as innocent and believed that he would be able to return after proving his innocence.

Kerala Finance Minister K. M. Mani resigns

Kerala Minister for Finance and Law K. M. Mani resigned as Minister today in view of the adverse remarks from High Court in the bar-bribery case.  Government Chief Whip Thomas Unniyadan also resigned in solidarity with him.

Announcing his decision, the Minister said that he was resigning expressing his regard for the rule of law. He would continue to extend unreserved support to the United Democratic Front.

Speaker to pronounce judgement on disqalification petition agianst P. C. George

Speaker N. SakthanKerala Assembly Speaker N. Sakthan will be pronouncing his decision on the petition filed by Kerala Congress (M) to disqualify former Government Chief Whip P. C. George from membership of the Assembly for defection on Friday.

The Speaker told the media here today that a judgment on the petition has to be pronounced irrespective of whether Mr. George proposed to resign

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