NCP rejects demand for resignation of nominee in LDF govt

Transport Minister Thomas Chandy

Transport Minister Thomas Chandy

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

NCP made its stand clear on the issue ahead of the crucial LDF meeting tomorrow in Thirunvananthapuram in which leaders of the alliance, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, are expected to discuss the AG's report and take a decision on it. The NCP national leadership is learnt to have told the state leadership to prolong Chandy's resignation as no senior leaders were available for consultation on Monday.

The NCP, which has only two members in the Kerala Assembly, is making an all-out effort to protect its nominee in the LDF government. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, while summing up the discussion, said that the LDF would take an appropriate decision in the issue.

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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.

Mr Kummanam asked chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to seize the encroached land from Thomas Chandy and return it to the farmers. BJP MLA O. Rajagopal, former BJP state presidents P. K. Krishnadas and V. Muraleedharan, state general secretaries A. N. Radhakrishnan and Sobha Surendran and district presidents from the three districts also attended the protest.

Chandy became a minister only eight months ago, following the resignation of his party colleague, A K Saseendran, from the state cabinet over the issue of an alleged sleaze talk with a woman.

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The Congress-led UDF and BJP demanded Chandy's resignation after Alappuzha district collector T V Anupama confirmed that a paddy field had been reclaimed for laying the road to his resort.

The State Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad had recently told the state government that the collector's report had legal binding and can not be ignored.

According to the Newspaper, What the District Collector's report dealt with was the way the Land Conservancy Act was violated and how the land assigned to the landless for construction of houses were purchased for development of his resort.

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