Oppn to intensify protest; alleges Sivankutty's resignation avoided due to secret intentions

Special correspondent

Police using water cannon on KSU protesters when they staged protest march to assembly | Photo: S Sreekesh

Thiruvananthapuram: The Opposition will intensify protests demanding resignation of Education Minister V Sivankutty as the supreme court directed him and others who are accused in the assembly ruckus case to face trial. Congress organised protests in the district centres on Thursday as part of the move. It has been decided to hold protests under the leadership of UDF in the coming days.

UDF does not think that Sivankutty will resign immediately because of the CPM's stand that there is nothing wrong in facing the trial if the case was part of a political protest. However, the opposition aims to reveal to the public that Sivankutty remains accused in a criminal case while continuing in the post of education minister.

The opposition also pointed out that the minister is not resigning even after the top court’s directive because of secret intentions. As the Lavalin case is under consideration of the apex court, the chief minister may have to face trial. So, if Sivankutty does not resign while facing trial, the CM also can follow the same trend when it comes to Lavalin case.

Meanwhile, CPM is considering taking other moves to counter the current controversies. No case was booked on the complaint filed by the LDF’s women MLAs in connection with the incidents in the assembly. So, it will be examined if a case can be charged over this.

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