- “My resignation is not a confession. Let any agency investigate into it," AK Saseendran said after resigning
- "I haven't talked anything wrong to anybody. I haven't misbehaved with anyone," he stressed
Kerala Transport Minister AK Saseendran has announced his resignation after a news channel aired a recorded sleaze phone call tape involving the minister. Just after the phone-call leak, the minister rang up Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and expressed his willingness to resign.
“I have always upheld a political morality and principle that no one in the party will ever have to feel ashamed because of me,” Saseendran said. “To uphold this political morality, I informed my decision to resign from the ministry,” he added.
“My resignation is not a confession. Let any agency investigate into it. I have requested the Chief Minister to find the truth behind it,” Saseendran. The minister said that he was submitting his resignation to pave way for a fair investigation into the allegations. Interestingly, no one has complained against the minister so far. Saseendran also did not allege any conspiracy behind the sleaze phone call leak.
"In my understanding, I have not committed anything wrong. However, it is my personal responsibility not to create problems for my party colleagues and the LDF. I don't want to create problems for the party and the ministry," said the NCP leader. "I haven't talked anything wrong to anybody. I haven't misbehaved with anyone."
The scandal broke when Mangalam News Channel aired a phone sex tape in which the minister was allegedly engrossed in a sleazly conversation with a lady who, the channel claimed, approached him seeking help. Saseendran is one of the two legislators of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is a constituent of the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
Ealier, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that he would 'consider the issue seriously,” and take a decision after weighing all sides.
The Congress had demanded that the CM should make an inquiry to find out the veracity of the allegation and demand the minister’s resignation if the allegations were true.
Saseendrdan is the second minister to resign from the Pinarayi Vijayan ministry which assumed office in May 2016. EP Jayarajan, senior CPM leader had resigned as Industries Minister in October last after involving in a nepotism row.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:45 PM IST