Kerala transport minister resigns after ‘lewd’ phone talk with woman leaked

Kozhikode/Thiruvananthapuram: In a big embarrassment to the 10-month-old CPI(M)-led LDF authorities, Transport minister A Okay Saseendran on Sunday resigned over an allegation of sexual misconduct after the leakage of his purported cellphone talks with a woman.

72-year-old Saseendran is the second minister of the Kerala authorities to cease after its Industries Minister E P Jayarajan, who resigned over prices of nepotism triggered by the appointment of his two shut members of the family to excessive posts inside the state PSUs.

The resignation comes at a time when the ruling event and the opposition Congress-led UDF are busy campaigning for the April 12 Malappuram bypoll, necessitated following the lack of lifetime of IUML chief E Ahamed.

Mangalam channel, which launched its operations on Sunday, dropped a bombshell this morning by releasing an audio clipping, purportedly a cellphone dialog of Saseendran speaking in sexual undertones to a girl.

The minister, who was in Kozhikode, immediately cancelled all his public programmes, generally known as a press meet at spherical three pm and launched his resignation. Saseendran acknowledged his resignation should not be seen as an acceptance of guilt.

"I am sure that I have not done anything wrong. At the same time the pride of the party and the government has to be protected. My resignation is to uphold the political morality," he knowledgeable reporters at Kozhikode.

Sustaining that he harboured no complaints in opposition to anyone, Saseendran acknowledged, "I do not thing I have wronged anyone. There is need to find out the rights and wrongs. Let the chief minister order a probe by any agency.. a proper probe will prove my innocence."

That’s an unceremonious exit for the five-time MLA and a senior chief of the Nationalist Congress Get collectively (NCP), who grew to turn out to be a minister for the first time and held the portfolios of Road Transport, Motor Autos and Water Transport.

Elected from Elathur inside the 2016 assembly polls, he was moreover an MLA in 1980, 1982, 2006 and 2011. Reacting to the occasion, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan acknowledged the allegations have been 'extreme' and a name may very well be taken after inspecting all data. Opposition chief inside the assembly Ramesh Chennithala acknowledged it is shameful minister wanted to resign on such grounds from the federal authorities, which rode to the flexibility promising security to ladies and kids.

"The truth needs to come out. The report has shocked everyone," Chennithala knowledgeable reporters in Thiruvananthapuram. BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan hit out on the minister, saying all Keralites wish to maintain their heads in shame over the allegations.