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Ganesh should be re-inducted into Cabinet, says Pillai

Ganesh should be re-inducted into Cabinet, says Pillai

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishnan Pillai Tuesday reiterated his party's demand for re-inducting his son K B Ganesh Kumar into the Cabinet and expressed hope that Ganesh would be sworn in as minister as early as possible.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme here, Pillai said he had handed over a letter to Chandy demanding his son's re-induction into the Cabinet, saying there was no case pending against his son.

Ganesh was forced to resign two months ago after his wife filed a complaint with police alleging domestic violence.

Referring to the case, Pillai said all issues connected with the domestic affair had been settled and the couple has got divorce. "The moral ground in which he resigned did not exist now," Pillai added.

Pillai had in the past pressed Chandy to drop his son from the Cabinet alleging that he had been disregarding the party's interests. But recently, the father and son worked out a truce ironing out their differences.

Pillai last month handed over a letter to Chandy demanding his son's restoration in the Cabinet holding that there was no legal hurdle in doing so as no case was now pending against Ganesh.

On UDF offer of chairmanship of newly formed Forward Communities Commission with Cabinet rank, Pillai said he was yet to take a decision whether to accept it or not.

To a question, Pillai said Ganesh was now not against the party and the ministerial berth lying vacant belonged to the party.

Pillai said KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala should join the UDF Ministry as he proved his leadership quality by successfully leading the UDF and Congress in the last civic, Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

On the controversial article in 'Chandrika', the IUML official organ against NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair and paper's offer of apology, Pillai said the regret expressed by the newspaper was not enough.

"It is better for Congress-led UDF to maintain good relations with community organisations especially in the wake of ensuing parliament elections," Pillai added.

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