CPM ideology doesn't match with statement of Saji Cheriyan on Constitution: Hannan Mollah

Hannan Mollah | Photo: ANI

New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Hannan Mollah on Wednesday said that the party's ideology does not match the statement of Saji Cheriyan on the Constitution.

"The resignation of Kerala Fisheries, Culture, and Youth Affairs Minister Saji Cheriyan was determined after he made degrading remarks about the Indian Constitution," said Hannan Mollah.

According to him, there was turmoil within the party after the Minister 'insulted' the Constitution.

"The Party's opinion on the matter is clear. The party's ideology does not match the statement of Saji Cheriyan on the Constitution," said Mollah.

The CPM leader said that BJP is 'weakening' the Constitution.

Mollah said, "While BJP is weakening the Constitution every day, our opinion is completely different about the Constitution and the party has given its message."

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan accepted the resignation of Minister Saji Cheriyan on Wednesday.

Cheriyan's resignation was accepted on the recommendation of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who will now handle the portfolios.

Cheriyan had resigned from his position after facing a backlash from the opposition after he allegedly made degrading remarks about the Constitution. "I have resigned and it's my personal decision. I have never ever defamed the Constitution. A particular part from the speech was taken and the media fabricated it to weaken the CPM and the LDF," Cheriyan said.

Bharatiya Janata Party's KJ Alphons said he is happy that the minister has resigned.

"Unbelievable how a minister can be so stupid as to use such words for the Constitution. It's a shame that the ministers feel they can desecrate the Constitution of India," he said.

Cheriyan courted controversy while addressing a CPM programme at Mallapally in Pathanamthitta district on Monday and had said in his remark that India's constitution can be used to "loot" the people of the country.

"British prepared it, Indians wrote it and implemented it. It's been 75 years. India wrote a beautiful constitution that can be used to loot. In that constitution, there are few places that have references to secularism, and democracy but it can be exploited," he had said.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury had said that the party was holding discussions to take an appropriate step in the said matter.

Kerala BJP vice president KS Radhakrishnan had termed Cheriyan's remarks "a wilful statement".

Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly VD Satheesan wrote on Tuesday that Saji Cheriyan "has made the most insulting statements about the Indian Constitution."


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