Kerala CM to take decision on Thomas Chandy post

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The exit of Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy from the cabinet seems imminent with the co-ordination committee of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) on Sunday leaving the final decision to the Chief Minister.

"The CPI airs a different view on every issue.We can not say that the party is anti-government, but the enemies (of the government) are the beneficiaries of the stand taken by it on many issues", NCP state president T P Peethambaran Master told reporters here. Saseendran and Chandy are the only Assembly members the NCP, a minor LDF constituent, has in Kerala.

Meanwhile, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said the state government would take an appropriate decision on the issue.

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 meeting chose to entrust the chief minister with taking an appropriate decision on the matter, on the basis of the AG's report and the outcome of today's meeting", he said.


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

Replying to a query if he will continue to be the Minister, VS said that should be decided by the "elitists" in the Cabinet.

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

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. Chandy had also encroached on backwaters for constructing parking space, according to the collector's report.

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

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