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Thiruvananthapuram: Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar has submitted his resignation letter to Chief Minister Ommen Chandy in the wake of allegation of extramarital affair against him.

The resignation letter was submitted last night during the talks held with the Chief Minister.

However, according to United Democratic Front (UDF) sources, the issue will figure in the meeting of the ruling UDF's state committee tomorrow which will take final call on the matter which has caused deep embarrassment to the government.

"Though this is not on the agenda (prepared earlier), any issue could be discussed by the committee," Chandy said when asked about the possibility of tomorrow's meeting deciding the fate of the actor-turned politician belonging to the Kerala Congress (B).

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declined to comment on reports about the resignation of Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar, who has come under a cloud of an alleged extra-marital affair.

"I have nothing to say on this now. If I have to say something I will let you (media) know first," Chandy told reporters after a cabinet meeting when asked about speculation about Kumar's offer to resign.

Asked about the propriety of the Chief Whip airing allegation against a minister in the open, Chandy said "those occupying responsible positions should exercise moderation."

Kumar also attended today's cabinet meeting.

Government chief whip P C George Sunday cast Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar in poor light seizing on a newspaper report that "a minister in the state Cabinet was beaten up by the husband of a lady with whom he had an affair".

Referring to a report in a Malayalam daily without naming the minister, George, who belongs to Kerala Congress (M), had said Ganesh Kumar was the person mentioned and he was revealing this to ensure the public would not suspect other cabinet members.

Kumar had hit back saying he would sue George for levelling a totally baseless charge.

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