Marital row of Kerala ex-Minister to cost Chandy his chair?

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 2: Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala is baying for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's blood and demanding his resignation, as one of his colleagues is involved in a "dirty" marital discord.

In fact, Ganesh Kumar resigned from his post as Forest Minister in Kerala government late Monday (April 1) night after his estranged wife Yamini Thankachi filed a police complaint accusing Kumar of domestic violence and mental torture during their 16 years of marriage.

But, opposition LDF feels that Chief Minister Chandy should resign from his post on moral grounds. The Kerala assembly witnessed high voltage drama over the issue on Tuesday (April 2).

But, the story is not simple, as Kumar has come up with counter-allegations saying that his wife had beaten him up in front of his security guards. The ex-Minister has filed for a divorce and in his petition has alleged abuse by his wife Yamini.

Kumar's estranged wife Yamini Thankachi on Monday, April 1 alleged that her husband was involved in several extra-marital affairs.

Yamini added that because of his affairs he used to harass her frequently.

Yamini also accused Chandy of cheating her as the Chief Minister did not come for her help as promised by him. She says that Chandy is protecting her husband.

"Each time I questioned him about his illicit affairs, I was abused. This has been going on for 16 years. When I approached the Chief Minister, he promised to help me. But he didn't. The Chief Minister has cheated me," Yamini said.

The opposition leaders, within and outside the Kerala Assembly, accused Chandy of having committed a serious mistake by not revealing the details of Yamini's complaint by contending that he did not receive any "written complaint" from her. Making a statement in the House, Kumar said he was "victim of a conspiracy" which was the result of his firm stand against encroachment of forest land and corrupt dealings.

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