Kerala Forest Minister K Raju on Thursday issued an apology for taking a trip to Germany while the state reeled under heavy floods.
Speaking to a TV channel, the minister said 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 Mr Raju.
The entire opposition and a section of his party has demanded Mr Raju's sacking.
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