Thiruvananthapuram: The Assembly on Tuesday witnessed a heated exchange of words between Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and Electricity Minister Kadakampally Surendran over the tensions at the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare. The spat occurred after Chief Minister gave a reply to a submission by Mr M. Vincent of the Congress.
Mr Vijayan pointed out that the outgoing office-bearers of the council were facing a Vigilance case for corruption, tampering with records, backdoor appointments and bogus membership. There were also complaints of allowing adoption to a couple in Jordan even though there was a long waiting list of parents from the state seeking adoption, he said.
Mr. Ramesh alleged that it was not proper on the part of the minister to visit the council during the time of elections. The minister clarified that he had gone to the KSTA office for attending a workshop. He also cautioned the Opposition Leader not to get involved in the issue as the present office-bearers were facing a probe not only on their role in the council, but also on their role in the Indian Red Cross Society.