Thomas Chandy to meet CM shortly, likely to resign

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

The CPM is under tremendous pressure for the resignation of the NCP leader, who is facing charges of land encroachment, after the High Court dismissed his petition against Alappuzha District Collector's report on land encroachment.

Vijayan had come under fire from several quarters for protecting Chandy, much against the wishes of the other allies of the Left Front government.

Following the HC verdict, the chief minister finally ended his silence on the Chandy issue, telling mediapersons Tuesday that he would take the right decision on the issue at an appropriate time. The state government also faced criticism from the bench, which questioned the lack of action on the collector's report and said the government was trying to place it on the court's shoulders.

Chandy claimed that the Supreme Court has held that there is no connection between the observations being made in an open court and a signed verdict.

For this he is likely to leave for Delhi on Tuesday itself.

NCP state leadership on Tuesday chose to leave the decision on the demand for Chandy's decision to the party's parliamentary board.

The court cited Article 164 (2) of the Constitution, which stipulates that the council of ministers is collectively responsible, to say that a minister is expected to support the government in public even if he/she does not privately agree with its decision.

NCP state president T P Peethambaran Master, however, did not disclose to the media the decisions arrived at the executive.

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

Mr Vijayan said the LDF had earlier chose to entrust him to take an appropriate decision on the matter after looking into all aspects.

A group of Youth Congress workers raised slogans and waved black flags at Tankha as he stepped out of a posh hotel here to proceed to the High Court, police said.

The state leadership of the Congress has expressed their strong resentment to the party high command.

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