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Anti-Constitution Remarks: Saji Cherian Returns to Kerala Cabinet

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Kerala (VSK). Kerala State Secretariat of CPM has resolved to bring Saji Cherian back to the cabinet. He had resigned as a minister in the government led by CPM supremo Pinarayi Vijayan in view of the pressure and protest by BJP and Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) when the video of his alleged anti-Constitution speech was telecast by Malayalam channel JanamTV. His speech was on July 3 last year and he resigned on 6th. Addressing a party gathering in Mallappally, Pathanamthitta district, he said that country’s Constitution permits exploitation and looting of the people. He said that secularism and democracy have been added here and there, but it is clearly being used for the exploitation of the common men. When he resigned, he had said that resignation was his own decision. There was no force behind it. He added that it was not right for him to continue as a minister. It was reported that CPM central leadership had given its nod to resign.

Even though police had received a complaint against the minister, they hesitated to take action. Then the complainant approached Tiruvilla Court. Then only police registered a case. Initially after receiving the complaint police did not take any action. Because, “they did not have evidence”! Then Janam TV informed them their willingness to give the video to them. Pat came their reaction – “It had to be proved that it was the voice of Saji”! After sometime the complainant moved the court, then consequently the police registered the case. At that time the right-thinking people had opined that there was no scope for justice if Kerala Police inquired about prominent leader of the ruling party who was a blue-eyed boy of the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

As expected, Police submitted before the court that there was no evidence against Saji Cherian hence the case was being closed! Police report said, there was no evidence for abusing the Constitution. He was only criticising it. Since Pinarayi had not inducted a replacement for Saji in the cabinet, people had suspected that it was a move to bring Saji back. Now, the suspicion has been confirmed.

BJP and UDF have alleged that since the case still pends before the court, swearing in of the accused is a challenge to the judiciary.

Reports suggest that Chief Minister Pinarayi has sent a letter to the Governor seeking the consent for Saji’s swearing in on Janaury 4, 2023. Governor is expected to return to the state on January 2. It is reported that he has sought the legal advice of the Raj Bhavan Standing Counsel before taking a final decision.

BJP state president K. Surendran alleged that the CPM’s move to bring Saji Cherian back to the cabinet is anti-constitutional. He wondered if six-month removal from the ministry is the proper punishment for insulting the Constitution. He was referring to the resignation of the minister on July 6 and return on January 4. BJP would oppose this move legally and politically. UDF has declared to observe a black day when Saji swears in.

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