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Ganesh Kumar issue: UDF in yet another trouble

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Thiruvananthapuram: Revelations of an alleged extramarital affair against Sports Minister K B Ganesh Kumar have created yet another problem to the United Democratic Front (UDF) which is already sinking in controversy related to Ice Cream sex scandal and Suryanelli rape case.

The UDF is in a dilemma as it is the government Chief Whip, entitled to unite the Front, who has come out with allegations against the minister.

It has been reported that the matter will consume major part of the UDF meet to be held on February 7.

Even as his own party Kerala Congress (B) has been ratcheting up pressure on the chief minister and UDF government to remove Ganesh Kumar from the cabinet, revelations regarding an extramarital affair could in all likelihood force his exit.

Ganesh Kumar, minister for forest and environment, sports and cinema, was allegedly beaten up by his lover's husband inside his official residence here. The incident was brought to light by a Malayalam daily on Sunday. Kumar denied the report but on Sunday government chief whip PC George, at a press conference in Kottayam, said Ganesh Kumar was involved in such an incident.

"The incident happened on February 21. I came to know about this on February 22 and am sure about the involvement of Ganesh. I kept mum as I thought many influential people will turn against me," he said. George added that he was forced to reveal Ganesh's name so that other ministers are not suspected.

Ganesh Kumar, the MLA from Pathanapuram, said he has decided to give a written complaint against the chief whip to chief minister Oommen Chandy, UDF convener PP Thankachan and Kerala Congress (M) party chairman K M Mani.

"Nobody has assaulted me. I always have security in my office and in official bungalow. How can it be possible for a person to come and assault me inside my residence," he asked.

George's allegations against Ganesh have come at a time when the two are at loggerheads over the Neliyampathy issue involving recovery of forest land from settlers. "Everyone knows the intentions of P C George. He has raised such allegations earlier also. His intentions are clear he wants to oust me from the cabinet. I will take this on legally,'' Ganesh Kumar told reporters here.

Oommen Chandy refused to comment on the issue, while KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala criticised P C George for making allegations in public.

CPI-M has demanded the minister’s resignation if the allegations are true.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA T N Pradapan said that the chief minister has violated the code of the Front. “Chief whip’s duty is to bring together the Front, not to go public with random allegations. He should have raised the issue in the Front first,” Pradapan said.

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