Rift in Kerala LDF over Chandy: Dissenting CPI ministers rebel, skip key meeting

Chandy Resigns; CM Pinarayi Vijayan terming skipping meeting as “unprecedented.”

 

The turmoil n Kerala LDF government continued even after state Transport Minister Thomas Chandy ktendered his resignation. Differences in the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala over continuation of Transport Minister Thomas Chandy came to the fore today with four CPI ministers skipping the cabinet meeting this morning, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan terming it as “unprecedented.”

CPI ministers E Chandrasekharan, V S Sunil Kumar, K Raju and P Thilothaman did not attend the cabinet meeting as per a party directive asking them “not to attend the cabinet meet if Chandy took part.”

CPI, a key coalition partnerthat Chandy should quit the post following allegations of encroachments by his luxury resort in Alappuzha district and Kerala High Court’s strictures yesterday.

The party was of the view that NCP, whose nominee is Chandy, should not be given more time for taking a decision as the issue was affecting the image of the ruling Front.

Confirming that CPI ministers did not attend the meet, Vijayan said that it was an “unprecedented” step which should not have been happened.

 

 

CM hopeful of resolution

When asked how the issue was going to be resolved, Vijayan quipped that they would attend the next cabinet meeting.

The chief minister said CPI ministers had given him a letter stating that they were keeping away from the cabinet meet as per their party directive.

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

He further said their action (CPI ministers) cannot be treated as a lack of collective responsibility of the cabinet as they have to abide by their party directives.

Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan said, “Our party did not have any personal animosity with anybody and we are opposing only the position taken by parties”.

The businessman-turned politician had come under attack from the Congress-led UDF and BJP over allegations that his resort at Kuttanad in Alappuzha had encroached upon Marthadom lake and also violated land rules.