Divakaran says Chandy should quit and face judicial probe following court observations

A Chief Minister heading a government elected by the people should respect the will of the people, says Communist Party of India leader C. Divakaran.

Inaugurating an indefinite day-and-night dharna organised by the Left Democratic Front district committee (as part of a State-wide agitation) at the Press Club Maidan here on Wednesday, Mr. Divakaran said the people at large wanted Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to quit and face a judicial probe in connection with the solar scam.

“Mr. Chandy should respect the mood of the people and quit.” Mr. Chandy’s contention that he would quit only if his party asked him to do so was sheer impertinence. The Chief Minister’s post was not something which the Congress could make at will and hand over to someone. Mr. Chandy as Chief Minister was duty bound to bow to the will of the people, he said.

Even the High Court had expressed reservations about the stance of his government and the special investigating team. When the High Court in the past made an observation about the ISRO spy case, the then Chief Minister K. Karunakaran stepped down though he was not in any way involved in that case. Other leaders including R. Balakrishna Pillai, K.K. Ramachandran, K.P. Viswanthan and P.K. Kunhalikutty too had stepped down as Ministers in the past when the court had made remarks against them.“Why is Mr. Chandy reluctant to follow even that example,” Mr. Divakaran asked.

The inaugural meeting was presided over by CPI(M) district secretary K. Rajagopal. LDF district convener R. Ramachandran, RSP State secretary A.A. Azeez, Mayor Prasanna Earnest, district panchayat president S. Jayamohan, and RSP leader Philip K. Thomas spoke.