LDF meet entrusts CM to decide on Chandy's resignation

Transport Minister Thomas Chandy

Transport Minister Thomas Chandy

Kerala Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad had recently informed the state government that the Alappuzha collectors report on the alleged encroachment was legally binding and that its findings could not be ignored.

The CPI leaders felt that the Minister, who moved High Court against Alappuzha Collector's report against him on encroachment, is undesirable giving a message that the Minister is moving against a Government report.

Chandy had also allegedly encroached on the backwaters in order to construct a parking space for the resort, according to the collector's report.

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should explain why he is protecting Chandy even though all legal advices connected with the issue are against the minister", he said.

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Following reports that CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran had strongly pressed for Chandys resignation at an LDF meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram yesterday, the NCP today hit out at the Left party, saying its stand on many issues had put the CPI (M)-led LDF government in trouble.

Though a section of leaders, including A K Saseendran MLA, are upset over the ways of Chandy and leaders close to him, they are not likely to raise any serious objections in Tuesday's meeting.

Besides, the NCP has also not discussed the matter as there was no need to discuss a "non-issue", he told reporters. However, he did not divulge the details of the meeting. "The sooner the Chief Minister acts, the better", said a Kochi-based former CPI (M) theorist. "There is no situation that warranted Chandy's resignation", said NCP's State president TP Peethambaran on Saturday. That being the case, the Minister's writ petition before the High Court could well invite adverse observations from the court, the CPI leaders said.

He had claimed that the allegations were levelled only to target him, "with the set agenda orchestrated" by his political rivals, interested parties and the media. Pinarayi can not take refuge in his usual excuses - that let the court give its decision or let the final legal opinion come.

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