Yechury says Kerala leadership will take appropriate action against Saji Cheriyan


New Delhi: The CPM national leadership has refused to reveal their stance over minister Saji Cheriyan’s controversial remark on the Constitution of India. Reacting to the media’s question over Saji Cheriyan’s resignation, CPM national general secretary Sitaram Yechury declared that the Kerala CPM leadership will take a decision.

“ The state leadership will take an appropriate decision. The party is discussing the issue. I already held talks with the leaders over the matter,” explained Yechury.

The party landed in a tough spot as Saji Cheriyan’s anti-constitutional remark turned into a heated topic at the national level.

Meanwhile, the CPM leaders including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPM state secretary Kodiyeri met at the AKG centre to discuss the issue. Following the meeting, Saji Cheriyan declared that he will not resign from the post of minister.

Earlier in the day, the Kerala Legislative Assembly session was adjourned for the day after the Congress-led UDF opposition staged protests in the House demanding the resignation of Cheriyan.

Later the opposition members protested on the steps of the House and thereafter, near the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar inside the gates of the assembly.

Then the protesting opposition members moved outside the gates of the assembly and told reporters that the ruling front and the CM were avoiding questions being raised by the UDF against Cheriyan.

Targeting Cheriyan for his remarks, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly V D Satheesan said they were not only an insult to the Constitution and the country but also to Dr B R Ambedkar who headed the committee which drafted the Constitution.

In the visuals aired by some TV channels, the Kerala minister could be seen saying in a recent event that the Constitution of the country "condones exploitation" and is written in a way helping to "plunder" the people of the country.

Later, in a statement given in the state Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, Cheriyan said news reports claiming he had criticised the Constitution at an event held at Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district were "distorted".

Cheriyan's remarks against the Constitution have resulted in protests by the BJP and Congress in various parts of the state seeking his resignation. Effigies of the minister were also burnt.

Both Congress and BJP have also forwarded complaints to the Governor's office seeking his intervention in the matter and alleging that the minister's remarks were unconstitutional.

(with inputs from PTI)

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