Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala power minister M.M. Mani found himself isolated in the CPM after his tirades against bureaucrats and whoever came his way in the past few days. The party's state secretariat has decided to take disciplinary action against the veteran leader from Idukki.
A final decision on the action will be taken only after the party’s state committee discussed the issue.
Mani found himself at the receiving end when almost all his comrades criticized his remarks. The minister should have been more guarded in his words, they opined. His choice of words was not befitting a minister, they said.
Mani put the party and the front it leads on the defensive, his critics in the state secretariat pointed out. He was held accountable for his outbursts, including those targeted at Idukki district collector G.R. Gokul and Devikulam subcollector Sriram Venkitaraman. Mani also drew flak for making derogatory remarks against members of Pembilai Orumai.
Later, Mani told reporters that the party had discussed the recent controversies but pointed fingers at officials for making a fuss about his speeches.
Mani told Manorama News that he was ready to make amends to his style of functioning. He said he was sorry that his words were misunderstood.
The party would inform of any decision, he added.
The party forum also discussed other issues including a Supreme Court order, which asked the LDF government to reinstate T.P. Senkumar as the police chief.
Pembilai Orumai members on indefinite fast
Two members of the women's collective of plantation workers Tuesday began an indefinite fast in Munnar demanding the resignation of the power minister over his offensive remarks.
Members of 'Pembilai Orumai' have been protesting for the last two days after the minister allegedly questioned the character of the outfit's women workers at a public function.
They intensified their agitation Tuesday by launching an indefinite fast to press for their demand. Opposition Congress-led UDF, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party also lent support to their stir.
Gomathy, one of the two fasting women, said they would continue their stir until the minister apologizes and resigns.
Kerala HC moved for probe into minister's 'anti-women remarks'
Meanwhile, a person, George Vattukulam, moved the High Court Tuesday, seeking a court-monitored probe into the alleged "sexually loaded statements" made by the minister, who has strongly refuted the accusations.
In his petition to the court, George accused Mani of making anti-woman statements at a public meeting in Kunchithanni.