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Thomas Chandy quits as Kerala minister

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Sammy Stanley | 15 November, 2017, 11:25

Amid demands for the resignation of embattled Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a final decision on the matter would be taken after knowing the position of its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

File image of Thomas Chandy.

Earlier, talking to reporters after cabinet meeting, Vijayan said the issue had been left to the NCP's national leadership. It is based on the principle of collective responsibility that the entire cabinet resigns even if a no-confidence motion is passed against a single minister, it pointed out.

The probe had found that a lake-side resort run by Chandy in a pristine location in Alappuzha district may have potentially violated environmental laws and encroached upon government land, among other illegalities, while building an approach road and reclaiming a portion of the lake for setting up a parking lot. The court also questioned how he could continue to be a minister after filing a petition against the government.

Several members of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) have been demanding Chandy's resignation for some time. "NCP will discuss it with their central leaders and inform their decision", said Vijayan.

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The chief minister, confirming that the CPI ministers did not attend the cabinet meeting, added, "Minister Chandrasekharan has a letter that it was their party's decision to not attend the cabinet meeting, which Thomas Chandy is attending".

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. "Appropriate decision will be taken at the right time", he said.

Four ministers of the CPI, the second largest partner in the CPI-M led LDF front, meanwhile, kept away from the cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister to protest the delay in taking action against Chandy, who is facing an encroachment case.

In October previous year, senior CPM leader E P Jayarajan resigned as industries and sports minister for reportedly appointing his and other leaders' relatives to key positions in public sector undertakings.

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