CM Pinarayi Vijayan defends MM Mani in Kerala Assembly

Laura Christensen
April 26, 2017

A march by Youth Congress workers carrying an effigy of Electricity Minister M M Mani near a venue where Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was addressing a meeting of police officers in the Kannur range created tension for some time on Monday.

Pembilai Orumai was started back in September 2015, when women tea plantation workers in Munnar went on strike day after day, demanding a higher minimum wage for plantation workers. Mani was also unsparing in his criticism of IAS officer Sreeram Venkitaraman, who is involved in removing encroachments in Idukki, Mani's home district.

Mani earlier insulted a woman principal of Painavu Government Polytechnic using abusive language and sexually loaded statements with gestures and later he apologised for that, the petition said. We do not know why Vijayan, who has earlier asked E.P. Jayarajan and A.K. Saseendran, to resign, is not asking Mani to quit. "I can not speak like a scholar".

Mani, who is known for making controversial remarks, also said the official should be "banished to Oolampara", a mental asylum here.

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Communist Party of India leader Prakash Babu had a Biblical take on the whole affair: "What I can say about Mani is to repeat what Jesus said - Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing".

"There is no question of me going to Munnar and apologising before the protesting women". He alleged that only six women were protesting against him and among that was Sobha Surendran (BJP leader) and Bindu Krishna (Congress leader).

While CPM cadres held a counter-rally in support of Mani in Munnar, unruly scenes were witnessed in the state Assembly in Thiruvananthapuram where Opposition legislators raised a black banner demanding the resignation of Mani. "What would be CPM workers reaction if someone used the same language against Pinarayi Vijayan or Kodiyeri Balakrishnan", asked Karassery. "I believe that Pinarayi Vijayan has appointed Mani to shower abuses on others, an endeavour the chief minister himself can not do and the minister is doing it exceptionally well", he said.

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