Controversial speech: Minister Saji Cheriyan expresses regret

Minister Saji Cheriyan | Photo:

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the controversy over the speech on the Indian constitution, minister Saji Cheriyan has given an explanation in the assembly and expressed his regret. Addressing the assembly here on Tuesday, the minister stated that his words were misinterpreted by the media.

“ I would like to express my regret if my words during the speech were misinterpreted and unintentional matters were circulated,” said the minister.

Meanwhile, the opposition staged a walkout from the assembly as boycotting Saji Cheriyan’s statement.

Cheriyan, while addressing a party function in Pathanamthitta district, had harshly criticised the Constitution, saying it "condones exploitation" and is written in a way helping to "plunder" the people of the country, drawing sharp reaction from the opposition which sought for his immediate removal from the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF cabinet.

(with inputs from agencies)

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