It was amidst huge political furore that KM Mani, who also led the then largest ally of the Congress, had to resign over allegations of corruption, after a group of bar owners alleged that he had taken a bribe of Rs 1 crore from bar owners foe re-opening of bars under UDF tenure, but instead, the bars were subsequently shut down by the Congress-led government.
KM Mani had to resign soon after a harsh remark by the Kerala High Court in 2015, even though he maintained that he was innocent and despite being backed by the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. A year later, in 2016, KM Mani broke ties with UDF, to continue as an independent party.
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