Vigilance court order for further inquiry into Chandy's role in palmolein import case

Left Democratic Front (LDF) workers staged a march to the collectorate here on Tuesday demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the wake of the Vigilance court's order seeking probe in to his alleged role in the palmolein import case of 1992.

Inaugurating the march, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and former Minister P.K. Sreemathy said that the Central leaders of the Congress should intervene to seek the Chief Minister's resignation if the latter did not step down voluntarily. She said that Mr. Chandy had no moral right to continue as Chief Minister. He should at least submit his resignation by the end of his 100-day programme.

Ms. Sreemathy also said the Congress leadership was apprehensive of bringing an effective Lokpal Bill to fight corruption.

LDF leaders M. Prakashan, M.V. Jayarajan, and C.P. Murali were among those who addressed the marchers.

Police cover

Staff Reporter writes from Kasaragod: The Left Democratic Front organised a march to the collectorate here on Tuesday demanding resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for his alleged involvement in corruption in the palmolein import deal.

The march, which began from Government College here, was attended by hundreds of LDF supporters. There was tight police security along the route.

CPI(M) district unit secretary K.P. Sathish Chandran said the march was being organised as part of a State-wide agitation. He said the agitation would be intensified if Mr. Chandy did not quit.

CPI district unit secretary T. Krishnan was among those who addressed the demonstrators in front of the collectorate.

More In: KERALA | NATIONAL