Thiruvananthapuram:  Revenue Minister E Chandrashekaran asked the people to decide on the right and wrong regarding the Thomas Chandy issue. The minister, talking to the media, said that the CPI did not take part in the Cabinet meeting and was informed well in advance to the chief minister because of the collective responsibility it had towards the Cabinet.

“It was as per the direction of the party that the CPI refrained from the cabinet meeting. The CPI took the stand of abstaining from the Cabinet meet if Thomas Chandy attends it,” he said.

The Revenue minister also dismissed Chandy’s stand of offering to resign on a conditional basis. That cannot be accepted, he said.  The news on conditional resignation is just a hearsay, he said.

On the question of the chief minister terming the move by the CPI to withdraw from the cabinet meeting as an unusual step, the minister said all these warrants no discussion. As unusual things happened, the CPI decided not to attend the meet.

The minister also clarified that the party does not have any issues with its allies but is only opposing the stand taken by them.