Kerala CM to take decision on Thomas Chandy post

Thomas Chandy

Transport minister Thomas Chandy in Kerala Assembly

Achuthanandan, who heads the Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission, expressed his anger against Chandy a day after the ruling LDF entrusted chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with taking a decision on the demand for the minister's resignation.

The AG, C P Sudhakara Prasad, had recently informed the Kerala government that the Alappuzha collector's report on the alleged encroachment of land for a resort owned by Chandy was legally binding and that its findings could not be ignored.

The Marthandam backwaters near the luxury hotel in Alappuzha had been allegedly reclaimed for a parking area and a road had been constructed through the paddy field to the resort, violating norms.

"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.

This will be crucial for Thomas Chandy because if the high court makes any negative remarks against the minister, that would well be the last nail in the coffin.

An understanding among the constituents of the LDF was that sacking of the minister from his post could badly affect the images of the NCP, hence it was left for the NCP to take a decision on the Minister's resignation, sources added. Senior Congress leader V M Sudheeran said that, "Vivek should not appear for a corrupt minister".

The CPI has taken a strong stand against Thomas Chandy in the land encroachment issue from the beginning. However, he did not divulge the details of the meeting.

Inaugurating the protest, BJP state president, Kummanam Rajasekharan said there was no question of any compromise on the demand for Chandy's resignation. 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. "The sooner the Chief Minister acts, the better", said a Kochi-based former CPI (M) theorist. He said the allegations were levelled only to target him "with the set agenda orchestrated" by his political rivals, interested parties, and the media conjointly.

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

The petition is expected to come up before the court for hearing on Wednesday.

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