Kerala minister KM Mani resigns over bar scam

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's Finance Minister K.M. Mani on Tuesday resigned over the bar scam in the state, following hectic political parleys all day long here in the state capital.

Addressing reporters at his official residence, the 82-year-old Mani -- who is also the country's longest serving legislator -- said that being the state's law minister, "I have to respect the law and hence I have resigned".

"I have already informed the chief minister (Oommen Chandy) of my decision to resign. Through a special messenger, I will send my resignation to the CM," he said.

"I take this opportunity to thank the CM and all other leaders who extended support to me."

"We also wish to state that we will continue to support the United Democratic Front government," said Mani.

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