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Thomas Chandy resigns as Kerala transport minister over land grab allegations

Thomas Chandy resigns as Kerala transport minister over land grab allegations

Even when differences of opinion that appeared in the LDF following the resignation of former Transport Minister Thomas Chandy still exist, senior CPI leader E K Ismail has come out with statement that go against the party stand.

CPI (M) mouthpiece "Deshabhimani", in its editorial on Friday, slammed the CPI - the second largest constituent of the ruling LDF coalition - over the latter's ministers boycotting Wednesday's cabinet meet in protest against Thomas Chandy's participation in the meeting.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state secretary T.P. Peethambaran master said here on Thursday that the CPI was making needless claims about its role in Thomas Chandy's resignation.

Mr. Balakrishnan's observations evoked a sharp retort from CPI State assistant secretary Prakash Babu who contended that the LDF's opponents had gained more from the delay in showing Mr. Chandy the door than the boycott of the Cabinet meeting by the CPI Ministers. He should also clarify whether it was part of the Cabinet's collective responsibility to convene a parallel Cabinet meeting when the Chief Minister had already convened the Cabinet meeting.

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The chief minister did not hesitate to make known his displeasure and ordered the media to get out. "All the details will be told to you at 2 pm", he said.

"No one can be faulted if one thinks that the CPI took such a decision to get the credit when Chandy resigns", the CPI (M) politburo member said. The CPI was opposed to Chandy attending the cabinet meeting.

The CPI leader also disputed Balakrishnan's remark that they were informed about Chandy's resignation decision. In the wake of the CPI indicating its lack of trust in the Chief Minister, there are questions as to whether the party has the moral right to remain in the government.

The Kerala High Court had observed that it was "extremely improper" for a minister to file a petition against his own government. The court had said the government has lost its confidence on the minister.

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