Transport minister Thomas Chandy will step down 'If CM asks so'

Transport minister Thomas Chandy will step down 'If CM asks so'

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.

Vijayan, however, on his part, said the cabinet did not discuss Chandy's issue, adding that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state president TP Peethambaran Master and Chandy had met and told him that they would get back to him after discussing the issue with the NCP national leadership.

The ruling CPM, and specifically Pinarayi Vijayan, have been under fire over the continued support extended to Chandy, despite a report by District Collector T V Anupama, which confirmed the encroachment.

Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy has reportedly resigned from the cabinet after controversy erupted over a resort owned by his family.

Chennithala said they had come to know of Tankha's decision to appear for Chandy only Monday and immediately AICC General secretary in charge of Kerala, Mukul Wasnik, was informed. The court rejected Chandy's petition and asked why the government had not sacked him for opposing an official probe, regional news channel Manorama News reported.

The CPI leadership in the state has openly asked Chandy to quit as the minister in the wake of allegations of encroachment by his Lake Palace resort at Kuttanad in Alappuzha district. Chandy came to the Secretariat after calling on the chief minister at the Cliff House. "NCP will discuss it with their central leaders and inform their decision", said Vijayan.

Pinarayi also said that all parties in the Front have to be given due respect and their request has to be considered.

The NCP executive meet held on Tuesday had discussed the matter and chose to inform the national leadership about its decision on the issue.

According to CNN-News18, Chandy met Vijayan at his residence on Wednesday morning, where he handed over his resignation letter. Two others along with him had to complete their jail term. The first to go was Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan who quit past year. Jayarajan was a leader of Vijayan's Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Saseendran was a leader of NCP.

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