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No compromise on party’s stand on George: Mani

No compromise on party’s stand on George: Mani

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress (M) chief and Finance Minister K.M Mani Friday evening made it clear that there would be no compromise on its demand seeking George’s removal from the Chief Whip post.

Mani also said George had crossed 'all limits of party discipline' and that he expected action on his letter soon.

“George had caused embarrassment to UDF leaders several times with his adverse comments against the government. This was the reason why the party sought his removal from the Chief Whip post,” Mani told reporters here.

“The decision to remove him from the post was taken collectively by eight MLAs of the party yesterday,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has confirmed that Mani has in a letter to him sought George's removal as the chief whip and also barring him from attending the liaison committee meetings of the United Democratic Front.

"We have had a few rounds of discussions but no decision has been taken yet. I have to speak with other allies also. A decision will be taken soon," Chandy said.

The Kerala Congress-Mani is the third biggest ally of the UDF and has nine legislators.

On Thursday, barring George, all others met at Mani's residence and took the decision regarding George. It was conveyed in a letter to Chandy by Mani and his cabinet and party colleague P.J. Joseph.

On Friday, Chandy first spoke with George and then with Mani.

George argued that the meeting which took place at Mani's residence was null and void as he was not invited "and there was no unanimity in ousting me".

"Moreover, I am not going to be cowed down by threats and veiled attacks. Now the ball is in the court of the chief minister. So, I continue to be the chief whip and a member of Kerala Congress (Mani)," said George.

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