Opposition leaders demand V Sivankutty's resignation

V Sivankutty

Thiruvananthapuram: Leaders of the opposition on Wednesday demanded the resignation of education minister V Sivankutty after the Surpreme Court denied motion of the government to scrap the 2015 Assembly ruckus case.

It was the Opposition leader VD Satheesan who first demanded the resignation of the minister. “Sivankutty has no moral grounds to continue as minister,” he said in the press conference. UDF had said that the MLAs do not have any privilege in this case. Supreme Court has agreed with that now. Sivankutty facing trial as a minister is unacceptable, he said.

Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, who waged the legal battle seeking trial of MLAs involved in the ruckus, urged the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to seek Sivankutty's resignation immediately in view of the Supreme Court verdict.

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KPCC president K Sudhakaran reiterated the demand for resignation. How much money did the government spend to go to the court? They should explain it to the people of Kerala, he added.

BJP state president K Surendran also demanded the resignation of Sivankutty.

The state assembly had witnessed unprecedented scenes on March 13, 2015 as LDF members, then in opposition, tried to prevent then finance minister K M Mani, who was facing allegations in the bar bribery scam, from presenting the state budget.

(With inputs from PTI)

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