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NCP rejects demand for resignation of nominee in LDF govt

NCP rejects demand for resignation of nominee in LDF govt

Party sources said NCP is to take a decision on the resignation of their party nominee, following the allegation against him, in their party meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday next.

Shortly before the meeting, state NCP leaders, including TP Peethambaran Master, AK Saseendran and Mr Chandy, met here reportedly to discuss the stand to be taken at the LDF meet.

When reporters asked him if he would resign, a defiant Chandy said: "Resignation?"

Advocate general CP Sudhakara Prasad had earlier told the state government that the Alappuzha district collector's report on the alleged encroachment of land for a resort owned by Chandy has legal binding and its findings can not be ignored.

The resignation of Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, who is facing allegations of land encroachment, appeared imminent on Sunday.

The opposition Congress-led UDF and the BJP have been demanding Chandy's resignation.

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The AG said one option for the government was to wait for the High Court order in the land-grab case against Chandy.

The government had sought the AG's legal opinion after Collector T V Anupama in her report stated there was large- scale violation of the Kerala Land Conservation Act and Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act by Water World Tourism company, in which Chandy is a board member. Chandy, who also attended the meeting, lost his temper a couple of times and locked horns with CPI leaders.

"The situation has changed altogether".

"The talks were satisfactory.the CPI is happy", he said. Pinarayi can not take refuge in his usual excuses - that let the court give its decision or let the final legal opinion come.

At the same time, rumours are rife that Pinarayi may opt for a Cabinet reshuffle so that he can settle the Thomas Chandy issue without going through the embarrassment of having to force a third minister - after Jayarajan and Saseendran - resign within 18 months of his Government's coming into existence.


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