Lalu Yadav demands Kerala CM’s resignation

V. S AchuthanandanNew Delhi/Hyderabad/Karnataka, Dec 2 (ANI): Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav demanded Kerala Chief Minister V. S Achuthanandan’s resignation here today.

“It is a very serious thing what Kerala''s Chief Minister has said and I will request the leadership that they should ask Achuthanandan to quit,” said Lalu.

He was reacting to an objectionable remark reportedly made by Kerala CM, after being snubbed by bereaved Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s father, when he visited his house in Bangalore on November 30.

Expressing his anger at the politician, K. Unnikrishnan, Sandeep''s father reportedly asked Achuthanandan to leave his home immediately.

Achuthanandan, however, showed no regret when he was asked by the reporters in Hyderabad about the incident.

“I did not comment anything wrong. I told Sandeep''s (slain Major of National Security Guard) father and mother, you are our family and we are coming here in respectful gesture. So this is okay,” said Achuthanandan.

This episode had hit national headlines and Achuthanandan had been criticized for delaying his visit to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, in the news conference Lalu had declared compensation of rupees one million for Indian Railways employees who lost their lives and 997 dollar each for those who were injured when the gunmen fired in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal train station on November 26, 2008. He also announced Grade IV government jobs for the dependents of those killed.

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