Kerala Minister in trouble as Congress to approach vigilance over his wealth
Kerala State Fisheries and Culture Minister Saji Cherian, known for his big-mouthed statements, is in fresh trouble as the Youth Congress has decided to file a petition before the Vigilance, Lokayukta, and also the Election Commission over his wealth.
A close aide of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Cherian represents Chengannur Assembly constituency in Alappuzha district and even though he is only a legislator for nearly four years, he was made a cabinet minister last year. He got a promotion this year into a powerful CPI-M state secretariat also and has become very vocal which has already landed him in trouble.
Cherian came under fire when former Home Minister and veteran Congress legislator Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that he has with his records to prove that the alignment of the K-Rail was altered so as to save Cherian’s house.
To this Cherian said that he will only be glad to give over his house which is worth over Rs.5 crore for the project and the money realized can be transferred to an account of Radhakrishnan with a request that money should be given as charity to a Pain and Palliative society at his home town.
After his statement, Youth Congress workers dug out his affidavit filed along with his nomination to the Assembly election, wherein he says the total assets belonging to his wife and him is a mere Rs.35 lakh.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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