Thomas Chandy to meet CM shortly, likely to resign

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'Tainted' Kerala minister Thomas Chandy resigns

He was reacting to queries on the Kerala High Court's order on Tuesday, dismissing his petition challenging the collector's report on alleged encroachments by a company in which he has a stake. "If there are lapses in the Collector's report, Chandy can approach the collector".

He also stated that he approached the court as an ordinary citizen and not as a minister. Chandy is the Nationalist Congress Party nominee in the LDF ministry.

Following the HC verdict, the chief minister finally ended his silence on the Chandy issue, telling mediapersons Tuesday that he would take the right decision on the issue at an appropriate time.

Several members of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) have been demanding Chandy's resignation for some time.

Vijayan had very strongly defended Chandy on the floor of the Assembly. Chandy on Tuesday evening canceled his plan to go to New Delhi for a meeting with the national leadership of the NCP.

"This clearly shows that the "money power" of Chandy holds sway and Vijayan has a soft corner for him", said Chennithala. Chandy, a businessman-turned-politician, is NCP's only minister in the Cabinet.

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State BJP general secretary M.T. Ramesh said it's a shame that the court has come down heavily and questioned the very essence of Vijayan's governance.

A division bench of the court severely criticized the minister for such a move, saying that he can not approach the court as a minister and a common man at the same time.

NCP state president T P Peethambaran Master, however, did not disclose to the media the decisions arrived at the executive.

There was a violation of the collective cabinet responsibility by the minister, the court held.

Mr Vijayan said the LDF had earlier chose to entrust him to take an appropriate decision on the matter after looking into all aspects.

Hearing Chandy's petition on Tuesday, a division bench of the high court, comprising Justices P N Raveendran and Devan Ramachandran held that a minister can not file a petition against his own government, which had ordered the district collector to look into the matter and submit a report. It is better for Chandy to quit, said senior communist leader and public works minister G. Sudhakaran.

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