Congress-led UDF decided not to invite R Balakrishna Pillai.

Published on: 28 Jan, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Politics News Kerala

R Balakeishna Pillai one of the founders of Congress-led UDF (United Democratic Front) of kerala has not been invited in the party meeting to be held on wednesday, said by PP Thankachen UDF convenor.

The decision appears to have come after an audio conversation between him and whistle blower Biju Ramesh, a bar owner, came out in the open last week.

In it, Pillai is heard asking Ramesh to go ahead by filing a case in the Kerala High Court seeking a CBI probe into the bar graft allegation Ramesh levelled in October against State Finance Minister KM Mani. Ramesh said Mani was given Rs.1 crore as the first instalment of the Rs 5-crore bribe that he sought to help reopen bars in the state.

Since then, Mani and other senior leaders of his party and also from other allies have been demanding that Pillai’s party Kerala Congress (Pillai), having just one legislator, KB Ganesh Kumar, who is also Pillai’s son, should be booted out of the UDF.

Pillai and former chief minister K Karunakaran, among others, were the founders of the present-day UDF in the early 1980s.

Pillai resigned from the post of the chairman of the Kerala State Corporation for Forward Communities by sending his letter to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday.



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