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LDF walk out in Assembly, asks Chandy to resign

LDF walk out in Assembly, asks Chandy to resign

Thiruvananthapuram: The resignation of Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar following allegations of domestic violence had its echo in the Kerala Assembly Tuesday where opposition LDF demanded that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should step down on moral grounds.

As soon as the Assembly began its proceedings, the LDF members were on their feet alleging Chandy had lost moral right to remain in office as he "misled" the House over the complaint by Yamini Thankachi against her husband.

Though Speaker G Karthikeyan sought to pacify the agitated members saying the issue could be discussed during zero hour, they persisted with their demand forcing the House to be adjourned temporarily within few minutes after question hour.

Later, the Opposition LDF staged a walk-out in the Assembly, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Ommen Chandy for misleading the House on the issue of domestic violence in the case of Ganesh Kumar and his wife.

Ganesh Kumar, who belongs to Kerala Congress (B), a single-MLA constituent of the ruling UDF, resigned late last night after his wife lodged a complaint against him in a police station.

Ganesh, who had rejected his wife's allegation as "totally baseless" and even ruled out resigning from the ministry, however, tendered his resignation to the Chief Minister.

Sources in the Chief Minister's Office said the resignation letter will be forwarded to the Governor today.

The long-running family dispute reached a flashpoint Monday with Kumar filing a divorce petition in a local court. Yamini had alleged that she had been a victim of domestic violence for the last 16 years and accused her husband of having "illicit affairs", while Kumar retorted saying he was a victim of "black mailing".

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