Kerala government orders probe after AK Saseendran resigns over allegations of ‘lewd’ phone talk; Why is NCP hinting at a conspiracy angle?

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Published: March 27, 2017 1:07:47 PM

AK Saseendran, a five-time legislator and 71-year-old leader in Kerala politics, resigned on Sunday, following allegations of ''obscene" and "sexually explicit phone talk" with a woman. While the woman has made no complaints in this regard, a political controversy has erupted across the state.

The decision was taken by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after talks with DGP Loknath Behera. (Representative Image: IE)

AK Saseendran, a five-time legislator and 71-year-old leader in Kerala politics, resigned on Sunday, following allegations of ”obscene” and “sexually explicit phone talk” with a woman. While the woman has made no complaints in this regard, a political controversy has erupted across the state. The latest development is that the LDF-led government has decided to go ahead with a probe in this matter. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after talks with DGP Loknath Behera. Meanwhile, NCP General Secretary DP Tripathi stated that a conspiracy angle cannot be ruled out in the allegations raised against AK Saseendran.

So, what is the controversy about, how did it erupt and why has it made a Minister resign?

An audio clipping of the alleged telephonic conversation was leaked by Mangalam, a new Malayalam TV news channel in Kerala. They aired an audio clip on the channel which led to the political controversy snowballing further.

AK Saseendran told reporters, “I am resigning to uphold political morality and my party’s integrity in this coalition. It is not fair to continue as Minister when an enquiry is on. What is important is for me to prove my innocence in this issue. I don’t remember talking to anyone in this way and only a detailed probe can establish the truth.” He further requested Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to order a high-level probe in this matter.

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NCP General Secretary DP Tripathi stated, “We will discuss this matter with the Left.”

AK Saseendran (NCP MLA) was Transport Minister in the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala. He was initially a Congressman who began his public activism through KSU, which is the student wing of Congress party in Kerala.

However, he switched loyalty to Sharad Pawar’s NCP and was the party’s state secretary from 1999 to 2004. From 2004, AK Saseendran served as the state vice-president of NCP.

From 1999 to 2004, AK Saseendran was the state secretary of NCP and served as the state vice-president of NCP from 2004. From 2006, he served as a member of the NCP national council and served as leader of the party in the legislative assembly. He represents the Elathur constituency in Kozhikode and was elected from the said constituency in the 2016 assembly polls. He was also an MLA during the years 1980, 1982, 2006 and 2011.

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