Ex-minister's marital row: Women's Commission to help Yamini

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 3: Even as the marital woes of former Forest minister KB Ganesh Kumar continued to dominate the political discourse in Kerala on Wednesday, the National Commission for Women (NCW) demanded a report from the  state Women's Commission on the complaint filed by his estranged wife Yamini Thankachi.

In a letter sent to KC Rosakutty who heads the Kerala Women's Commission, NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma directed that whatever help Yamini requires should be provided to her. Noting that there is substance in the complaint lodged against Ganesh Kumar, Sharma said that Yamini's grievances should be taken care of immediately.

Her statement was recorded by the Musuem Police here on Wednesday. Uma Behera, Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, visited Yamini's residence at Vazhuthacaud in this connection.

Meanwhile, opposition MLAs in the state are looking to capitalise on Ganesh Kumar's marital discord. They demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for allegedly misleading Yamini when she informed him about being subjected to domestic violence.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) raised the issue in the Kerala Assembly on Wednesday. During the Question Hour, opposition MLAs were seen holding up placards which alleged that Chandy had deceived Yamini by deliberately ignoring her complaint.

As soon as the Zero Hour started, Leader of the Opposition VS Achuthanandan urged Speaker G Karthikeyan to let him make a submission on the Ganesh Kumar issue. The Speaker said that it can be made after the discussion on the calling attention motions is completed. However, the opposition stressed that Achuthanandan should be allowed to speak.

Though Chandy also said that he was prepared to reply to Achuthanandan's submission, the Speaker insisted that calling attention motions will be taken up first. The LDF members then rushed into the Well of the House shouting slogans against Chandy.

The treasury benches rushed through the remaining agenda for the day before the Speaker adjourned the House much ahead of schedule.

OneIndia News (with agency inputs)

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