Governor accepts Saji Cheriyan’s resignation, allocates his portfolios to CM

Saji Cheriyan and Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives, PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has accepted the resignation of Saji Cheriyan here on Wednesday, confirmed Raj Bhavan. Cheriyan announced his resignation amidst mounting criticism from various quarters, including the Opposition, over his controversial remarks against the Constitution recently.

After accepting Cheriyan’s resignation, the governor allocated the portfolios of fisheries, culture and youth affairs held by him to the Chief Minister, according to a Raj Bhavan tweet.

“Hon'ble Governor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan has approved the proposal of Chief Minister to accept the resignation of Shri Saji Cherian, Minister, Fisheries,Culture&Youth Affairs and to allot the portfolios held by Sri Saji Cherian to Chief Minister:PRO KeralaRajBhavan,” tweeted Raj Bhavan.

Apparently succumbing to pressure, Cheriyan -- a senior CPI(M) leader who holds Cultural Affairs, Fisheries and Youth Affairs portfolios in the cabinet -- met media persons at the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) and announced that he has handed over his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Cheriyan is the first minister to resign from the second LDF government headed by Vijayan.

Meanwhile, a magistrate court in Thiruvalla on Wednesday directed the Keezhvaipur police to register a case against Cheriyan on the basis of a plea moved by an Ernakulam-based lawyer for allegedly insulting the Constitution, police told PTI.


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