NCP rejects demand for resignation of nominee in LDF govt

NCP rejects demand for resignation of nominee in LDF govt

According to the sources, the AG has observed that since the collector's report has been challenged by Chandy, it was up to the state government whether to wait for the court's verdict or take a decision on the report before that.

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.

Summary: Transport Minister Thomas Chandy appears to have been ill-advised in filing a writ petition in the Kerala High Court against the Alappuzha District Collector's report on the allegations of land law violations against him.

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

Chandy, the lone NCP face in the cabinet, is in a spot over alleged encroachment of a lake and violation of wetland rules for construction of facilities for his resort in the backwaters of Alappuzha.

Achuthanandan, who heads the Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission, expressed his anger against Chandy a day after the ruling LDF entrusted chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with taking a decision on the demand for the minister's resignation.

In a surprise move, the tainted left minister Thomas Chandy has roped in senior Supreme Court lawyer to appear for him in the Kerala High Court.

An NCP meeting scheduled on Tuesday is likely to arrive at the party's final decision. "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. "The sooner the Chief Minister acts, the better", said a Kochi-based former CPI (M) theorist. "Only the high court can prove this".

The BJP will lay a siege to the secretariat on Monday demanding the ouster of transport minister Thomas Chandy.

Mr Rajasekharan also said that the UDF did not have any right to demand Chandy's resignation as they had allowed him to encroach on the land in Alappuzha. Pinarayi can not take refuge in his usual excuses - that let the court give its decision or let the final legal opinion come.