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KM Mani adamant on PC George's ouster

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress(M) supremo K.M. Mani remained firm on his stand that P.C.George must be removed from the post of Government Chief Whip. He conveyed his stand to the Minister P.K.Kunahalikutty during a meeting at the former's residence, sources said.

"The Parliamentary party meet decided on George's ouster and I don't think there is any need to change the decision taken by eight MLAs," Mani said.

The UDF committee would soon convene to decide over the issue.

Earlier in the day, Government Chief Whip P.C. George had said that it was up to the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the other senior UDF leaders to make a decision over his resignation.

He also said that he has expressed his willingness to resign from the post to the Chief Minister, adding that he did handin his resignation letter. However, the CM did not accept it as he sought more time to reach a decision, George explained.

Talking to reporters after his meeting with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty at the Cliff House here on Friday, P.C. George said, “ I have informed the CM that I am ready to resign. Now, it is for the UDF committee to take a decision.”

George also said that the none of these leaders expressed any dissatisfaction with him and that he would comply with the UDF committee's decision.

Affirming his strong support for the ruling front, George said that he is very much part of the UDF and that he would stick with it. “Even if I leave the party, I would continue to be part of the ruling front. I have not committed any crime," he added.

George during his meeting with the CM had reportedly said that Mani's son, Jose K Mani, was working against him.

George stated that it was the UDF and not K.M. Mani who made him the Government Chief Whip. His party Kerala Congress (M) had asked for the post of deputy speaker, and it was the CM and other senior leaders who made him the chief whip. So he needn't resign from the post even if Mani asks him to, George remarked.

Meanwhile, sources said that Chief Minister and other leaders urged George to reach a consensus over the issue.



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