BJP protests in front of Secretariat, demands Thomas Chandy's resignation

Thomas Chandy

Transport minister Thomas Chandy in Kerala Assembly

Kochi: Transport Minister Thomas Chandy will not resign next day and NCP State Committee will not discuss the topic in its meeting to be held tomorrow, clarified party president N. P. Peethambaran Master.

Besides, the NCP has also not discussed the matter as there was no need to discuss a "non-issue", he told reporters. It was called in the wake of the government receiving the legal opinion of the State Advocate General (AG) on a report of the Alappuzha district collector on the alleged encroachment.

In a 12-page report, Alappuzha District Collector TV Anupama had a few days ago told the Government that Chandy's Water World Tourism company, running the Lake Palace Resort in Alappuzha, had committed serious violation of laws and rules pertaining to land, lake, paddy fields and wetlands through encroachments, land-filling and constructions.

The state advocate general C P Sudhakara Prasad had recently told the state government that the collector's report had legal binding and can not be ignored. CPI has strongly demanded the resignation, despite the stand taken by NCP.

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Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor Vaikom Viswan, in a statement, said the meeting recommended to the chief minister to take a decision on the allegations against Chandy after going through the AG's legal advice on the Alappuzha collector's report. Chandy, now 70, was inducted into the Kerala Cabinet on April 1 exactly a week after senior NCP leader AK Saseendran resigned as Transports minister following the eruption of a sex scandal based on a honey-trap sting operation by a TV channel against him.

The LDF met on Sunday to decide Chandy's fate, but could not take a decision as the NCP state committee would meet on Tuesday to discuss the resignation of Chandy, the richest member in the Assembly.

"There is no evidence against Chandy as of now". Chandy had also encroached on backwaters for constructing parking space, according to the collector's report.

The opposition Congress-led UDF and the BJP have been demanding Chandy's resignation.

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