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Pinarayi to decide on seeking Thomas Chandy's resignation

14 November 2017, 03:57 | Opal Carroll

Kerala's tainted NCP Min runs out of options

Peethambaran Master and Thomas Chandy

A meeting of the ruling CPI (M)-led LDF in Kerala chose to entrust Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with taking an appropriate decision on whether Thomas Chandy, who is facing allegations of land encroachment, should continue as the transport minister.

Earlier, reacting to land grab charges against Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, V S had said that some people might have felt it is a "decoration" to have the company of people facing corruption charges.

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

Chandy, the richest Minister in the LDF Government, has run out of options also because of the stiff demand raised by the CPI, second biggest partner in the ruling front, for his resignation or expulsion.

After the meeting, LDF convener said Vaikkom Vishwan said the co-ordination committee referred the matter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take a decision based on the report of the Alappuzha district collector and the Advocate-General's advice.

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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.

Summary: Transport Minister Thomas Chandy appears to have been ill-advised in filing a writ petition in the Kerala High Court against the Alappuzha District Collector's report on the allegations of land law violations against him. However, he did not divulge the details of the meeting.

The BJP leaders alleged that Chandy had not disclosed assets registered in the name of his wife and other dependents in an affidavit submitted before the Election Commission (EC).

"The talks were satisfactory...the CPI is happy", he said. The NCP national leadership is learnt to have told the state leadership to prolong Chandy's resignation as no senior leaders were available for consultation on Monday.

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