Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pannyan demands Thomas Chandy's resignation

Pannyan demands Thomas Chandy's resignation

Kerala Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad has told the state government that the Alapuzha district collectors report on alleged encroachment of land for a resort owned by Transport Minister Thomas Chandy has legal binding and its findings can not be ignored, official sources said.

The government had sought the AG's legal opinion after Collector T V Anupama in her report stated there was large- scale violation of the Kerala Land Conservation Act and Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act by Water World Tourism company, in which Chandy is a board member.

Chandy, the richest Minister in the LDF Government, has run out of options also because of the stiff demand raised by the CPI, second biggest partner in the ruling front, for his resignation or expulsion. At the same time, Chandy challenged the collector's report in the High Court triggering a controversy over the appropriateness of a Minister questioning the validity of a report from the Government's own official.

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


The NCP leadership, which is expected to meet at Kochi on Tuesday, was asked to inform about its decision to Vijayan in this regard after its parleys, the LDF leader said. "Have no doubt. The Government will take appropriate action on the basis of the district collector's report", said CPI's State secretary Kanam Rajendran on Saturday.

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should explain why he is protecting Chandy even though all legal advices connected with the issue are against the minister", he said.

Thomas K Thomas said that conspiracy is going on against the minister. 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 opposition Congress-led UDF and the BJP have been demanding Chandy's resignation. Pinarayi can not take refuge in his usual excuses - that let the court give its decision or let the final legal opinion come.

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