Forests Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar has said that his resignation from the Cabinet is out of the question. “I am not resigning from the Cabinet because I have not done anything wrong.”
He was addressing presspersons at Pathanapuram on Friday after a closed-door “friendship gathering” with his party members.
Mr. Ganesh Kumar said he would not do anything that would split the party (Kerala Congress-B) or harm the United Democratic Front. He said that his party was hijacked by a group of corrupt persons who were now ruling it. The party should be redeemed from them, he said.
Those who were with him would not allow the party to function as the branch of any community organisation. “The Kerala Congress (B) is a secular party and it will go forward maintaining its secular identity.”
Questioning party chairman R. Balakrishna Pillai's demand for his resignation, Mr. Ganesh Kumar asked Mr. Pillai to state categorically whether he had done anything wrong.
He said his job was to serve the people and not to make corrupt persons in his party rich. “I was not at all keen on becoming a Minister this time, but following pressure from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy I accepted the post.” He had not demanded any portfolio and even the cinema portfolio was given following a request to the Chief Minister from the film fraternity, he said.
He said that when he went to meet Mr. Pillai to seek blessings before taking oath as a Minister “my father bitterly told me that very soon I will lose the MLA's post.” He said that till now he had kept such developments to himself, but the time had come to reveal them.
Meanwhile, defying Mr. Pillai's call to representatives of the people from the party not to attend the gathering called by Mr. Ganesh Kumar, 19 out of 37 representatives of the people from Kollam district attended the meeting. They included two members of the Kollam district panachayat, three block panchayat members, 13 grama panchayat members, and district convener of the UDF and KC(B) leader B. Harikumar.
The meeting constituted a six-member ad hoc committee to look into the performance of the KC(B) nominees who are functioning as chairman of various corporations and identify the corrupt among them. Interestingly, the ad hoc body is being headed by Brijesh Abraham, the district president of the party who was expelled from the party on Friday morning by Mr. Pillai..