LDF meet entrusts CM to decide on Chandy's resignation

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2017

Kerala Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad has told the state government that the Alapuzha district collectors report on alleged encroachment of land for a resort owned by Transport Minister Thomas Chandy has legal binding and its findings can not be ignored, official sources said.

"The collector is working for someone else and her report is dubious in nature", Thomas alleged.

This consensus was evolved after strong opposition from CPI and Janatha Dal, who demanded the resignation of the Minister.

"The matter related to Chandy was discussed in detail and the general opinion was that he should resign", a senior LDF leader, who attended the meeting, told PTI.

The resignation of Chandy - or his removal from Cabinet - has become nearly unavoidable following the State Advocate General's advice to the Government which has so far defended him that the Alappuzha District Collector's report describing that violation of rules by him can not be ignored and that is now up to the Government to take appropriate action against him.

Party sources said NCP is to take a decision on the resignation of their party nominee, following the allegation against him, in their party meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday next.

Thomas Chandy and Lake Palace Resort have filed a petition challenging the findings of district collector.

Thomas K Thomas said that conspiracy is going on against the minister. Senior Congress leader V M Sudheeran said that, "Vivek should not appear for a corrupt minister".

NCP made its stand clear on the issue ahead of the crucial LDF meeting tomorrow in Thirunvananthapuram in which leaders of the alliance, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, are expected to discuss the AG's report and take a decision on it.

"The talks were satisfactory...the CPI is happy", he 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. "There is no situation that warranted Chandy's resignation", said NCP's State president TP Peethambaran on Saturday.

Later, a BJP delegation led by Rajasekharan met Governor P Sathasivam and submitted a memorandum demanding his resignation.

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