K M Mani, chairman of the Empowered Committee for GST and India’s longest-serving state finance minister, is likely to make an inglorious exit from office, following a reference from the Kerala High Court in connection with a bribery scandal.
The Congress high command is in favour of demanding a resignation from the leader of the Kerala Congress party, Congress’s ally in the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF), even as the 82-year old political veteran celebrates his 50th year as a legislator this year.
It is likely that Mani may put in his papers as the Kerala finance minister on Tuesday morning. At the time of going to press, he had not resigned yet, though there were talks he may put in his papers on Monday night itself.
“The whole reaction smacks of conspiracy against me,” was all Mani would comment to media persons. He declined to react to any question on resignation. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was also tightlipped on questions regarding the resignation.