Thiruvananthapuram: As the remarks of P C George against two top leaders hogged headlines in the State, some of the Congress ministers Friday came out demanding expulsion of the government chief whip from the post.
Ministers Aryadan Muhammad, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and K C Joseph along with some MLAs raised the issue at the Congress parliamentary party meet.
Saying that the UDF does not need to ‘bear’ him anymore, the leaders asked the chief minister and the KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala to take a decision on the matter.
George Wednesday unleashed a diatribe on a TV channel against two top leaders, K.R. Gowri and late T.V. Thomas, married couple that later parted ways over political differences, and both former ministers.
This led to widespread protests from both the ruling and opposition legislators.
Friday morning, the issue flared up in the assembly. The entire opposition was up in arms, demanding action against George for his frequent lapses into tactlessness. The uproar in the assembly came just as Finance Minister K.M. Mani was about to present the state budget.
George, however, said it was all because of a mischievous TV channel that had aired what was meant to be a private chat. "If anyone feels hurt, I apologise," he said.
Speaker G. Karthikeyan intervened to assure the house that he would look into the rules and procedures of the house to deal with the issue.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy remarked, "those who occupy public positions should be careful when they make statements."