Kerala Minister apologises for his Germany trip

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 (IANS) Kerala Forest Minister K. Raju on Thursday issued an apology

for taking a trip to Germany while the state reeled under heavy floods.

The Kerala unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) came under severe flak after Raju, a party lawmaker, left for his trip last week.

Speaking to a TV channel, the Minister admitted that the timing of his trip was wrong.

“I left for Germany on August 16 to attend a programme of the World Malayalee Council near Bonn. I returned in four days but by that time, the flood situation in the state was already out of control… The timing of the trip was ill-timed and wrong,” said Raju.

The entire Opposition and a section of his party has demanded Raju’s sacking.

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–IANS

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