Kerala Minister Saji Cherian announced his resignation on Wednesday, a day after he criticized the constitution, saying it “forgives exploitation” and helps “plunder” the people of the country.
At a press conference at the Chief Minister’s Office, a senior CPI (M) leader announced his resignation, but added that his statement had been “misunderstood”.
He said it was never his intention to disrespect the constitution for which he has the highest respect and esteem. “I never intended to insult the constitution. People misunderstood what was said in the speech. My speech was misinterpreted, ”he said.
“My party has always stood by the constitution,” Cherian said. We have always defended constitutional values.
Cherian, who has a cultural affairs and fisheries department in the cabinet, said he had tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said it was his decision to step down.
That’s when the issue came up News18 Kerala The CPI (M) leader’s recent speech was broadcast during a political event at Mallappalli in Pathanamthitta district on Tuesday. His remarks sparked a political storm soon after his opponents demanded his ouster.
“The Indian Constitution is written to rob the people. The constitution written by the Indians was run by the British. Its implementation has been going on for 75 years. I do not agree with anything else, India has written an ‘attractive’ constitution that can be used for plunder. Yes, some references like secularism and democracy have been added in some places, but this constitution is designed to loot, ”the minister said in Malayalam.
The minister was inaugurating a function to felicitate the weekly political commentary program organized by the CPI (M) ‘s area committee at Mallappalli in Pathanamthitta district on Sunday. He made the remarks in the presence of two members of the state assembly, Matthew T. Thomas of the Janata Dal (S) and Pramod Narayan of the Kerala Congress (M), both elements of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the ruling CPI (M). ).
“I have not made any statements against the constitution,” Cherian said in a statement on Tuesday. “The news that I have made defamatory statements against the constitution is distorted by the media. As a public servant, I was concerned that the majority of the people in the country were not getting the benefits of social justice. However, I regret that my words, by which I tried to express this sentiment, have been distorted and misrepresented. ”
BJP state president K Surendran termed Cherian’s statement as “breach of oath of office and treason”. “After Saji Cherian is removed from the cabinet, he should be charged with treason,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. He also insulted the judiciary.
(With PTI input)
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