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.