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Kerala legislator PC George, who is known for his controversial comments and outspoken remarks, claimed on 21 October that he would be resigning as Member of the Legislative Assembly.

The six-time lawmaker from Poonjar constituency, who belongs to the Kerala Congress (Mani) and has often changed his political allegiances, has hinted that he will leave the Congress-led United Democratic Front government and join the CPM-led Left Democratic Front.

The move comes after the government chief whip Thomas Unniyadan petitioned the speaker to disqualify him as a legislator.

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and state Congress president VM Sudheeran are also among the legislators, who have testified against George before the speaker.

Upset over his constant attack on party leader Finance Minister KM Mani, the 65-year-old legislator was removed from the post of UDF chief whip in April by his party Kerala Congress (Mani), which is the third biggest ally in Kerala's ruling coalition

"My conscience does not allow me to cast my vote to the present Congress-led government. The only way out is to resign as a legislator," George was quoted as saying by IANS.

The Poonjar MLA had formed his own party, Kerala Congress (Secular), in 2003 and contested in as an ally of the LDF in 2006 assembly elections. However, George later joined the UDF, following which he merged his party with Mani's in 2010.

"I have now realised that the biggest mistake in my career was to merge my party - Kerala Congress (Secular) with Kerala Congress (Mani) in 2010," added George, "I am yet to have any talks with the Left Democratic Front. I feel it was a mistake to pull my party out of the LDF in 2010."