Chandy resigns, CM hands over letter to Governor

Chandy is the third minister quitting the Kerala government in just 18 months

Thiruvananthapuram: Transport Minister Thomas Chandy has tendered his resignation. NCP state President T P Peethambaran Master handed over Chandy's resignation letter to the Chief Minister.

Talking to reporters here, the CM confirmed that the letter has been sent to the Governor.

Peethambaran Master will meet the press at 1.45 pm.

The NCP national leadership gave its consent for the resignation during talks with the state leaders.

Earlier, addressing the press meet, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a final call on Chandy’s resignation will be taken after getting the opinion of the NCP’s national leadership.

Four ministers of the CPI, the second largest partner in the CPM led LDF front, kept away from the cabinet meeting today to protest the delay in taking action against Chandy.

Chandy's position turned more shaky after strong observations were made against him by the Kerala High Court yesterday while dismissing his petition challenging Alappuzha district collector's report which had found largescale violation of land rules by his resort.

On Wednesday morning, Chandy drove to the CM's residence with Peethamabaran master and held a 40-minute discussion.

Chandy is a three-time legislator representing Kuttanad in Alappuzha district.

With a business empire in Kuwait, he first entered politics through the Democratic Indira Congress (DIC), a party floated by Congress veteran K. Karunakaran in 2005.

In the 2006 assembly polls, DIC was an ally of the Congress-led UDF. After the polls, DIC merged with the NCP.

Chandy became a minister after his senior party colleague A K Saseendran had to quit after sleaze allegations surfaced against him.

Chandy is the third minister quitting the Kerala government in just 18 months. The first to go was Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan who quit last year. Saseendran followed in March this year.

(With inputs from agencies)

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