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Pillai wants Ganesh to be re-inducted into Cabinet

Pillai wants Ganesh to be re-inducted into Cabinet

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai, in a letter to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, has sought to reinstate K B Ganesh Kumar in the State Cabinet.

Balakrishna Pillai, who reached Cliff House, handed over the letter to Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Monday morning.

"There is no case against him now. I do not know if the Congress party is against his return. The decision to take him rests with the chief minister," Pillai told reporters, emerging from Chandy's house here.

Chandy told the media that he will react on this issue Wednesday.

After differences of opinion surfaced between the father and son, Pillai's repeated demand to Chandy was to oust his son from the Cabinet, on the ground that he was not paying any attention to party directives.

Ganesh Kumar quit the cabinet April 1 after his wife lodged a police complaint alleging domestic violence against him.

Chief Whip P.C. George had said taking Ganesh back into the Cabinet would be a big blow for the UDF government.

"The larger question of morality in Ganesh's case can never be swept under the carpet," George said.

In the last session of the Assembly, the Opposition came down heavily on the Chief Minister, with allegations that he was shielding his Cabinet colleague.

Meanwhile, Ganesh at a public meeting Sunday night, had said he would return, much like a boomerang, and that he had done no wrong. "The truth will ultimately come to my rescue," Ganesh said.

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