Remark on Indian constitution:CM seeks explanation from Saji Cheriyan

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Saji Cheriyan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought an explanation from minister Saji Cheriyan over his controversial remark on the Indian constitution. The CM has asked the minister to give an explanation after Raj Bhavan intervened into the matter.

However, the minister is said to have reacted by saying that he did not mean to criticise the constitution but the government. Minister Saji Cherian will soon meet the media for giving an explanation on the matter after his speech turned controversial.

Kerala State Fisheries and Culture Minister Saji Cheriyan criticised the Indian Constitution and remarked that it helps in usurping the wealth of people in the country. He made the controversial statement while addressing the inauguration of the 100th episode of a weekly political commentary programme at Mallapally in Pathanamthitta.

"We all say that we have a beautifully written Constitution in India...the most significant aspect of the country. But, I will say, a beautiful Constitution, which can serve to loot the most number of people, was written in the country," he said.

The minister also alleged that the Constitution of the country was "compiled by the British'' and it was written as such by an Indian which has been implemented in the country for the last 75 years.

Values like "secularism" and "democracy", the "kuntham and kodachakram" (spear and wheel) were just inscribed on its (Constitution) sides, he added.

The minister said he won't agree with anyone who preaches the other way in the country.

Stating ours is a country which does not accept workers' protests, he said "Indian Constitution is one which condones the (labour) exploitation the most," and claimed this was the reason certain "millionaires" in the corporate sector have grown in the country.

Cheriyan's remarks did not go down well with the Opposition Congress and the BJP.

The minister's speech made headlines after took up the matter. The opposition has strongly condemned the minister’s words and sought his resignation.

The Governor also intervened in the matter. He instructed the Chief Secretary to submit the video of the speech. The Governor will submit a report to the President of India if the speech is found to be serious.

(with inputs from agencies)

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