Mani to quit if CPI(M) asks him to do so
Kerala Power Minister and senior CPI(M) leader M M Mani, whose remarks against women plantation workers triggered a row, on Monday said he was prepared to resign if asked by the party. "Only if my party asks, will I resign", he told reporters at nearby Kunchithanni, a day after opposition parties and women organisations demanded his resignation and apology.
Mani's remarks allegedly questioning the character of women activists of a plantation workers' outfit in the district invited strong condemnation from various quarters, including from some of his own party colleagues.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said, "If any offensive statement was made against them (the women), it was improper."
The 70-year old Minister had on Sunday expressed regret for his alleged offensive remarks against the women workers, who have launched an agitation demanding his ouster.