Chandy asked to quit immediately
Making it clear that the Opposition Left Democratic Front’s agitation over the ‘solar scam’ would be intensified further, Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday asked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to quit immediately in view of the High Court ‘slamming’ the government for the manner in which the investigation in the cases is progressing.
In the wake of the Kerala High Court ‘casting aspersions’ over the investigation for not delving into the possible involvement of Mr. Chandy in the scam, the Chief Minister should relinquish his post to avoid further humiliation, Mr. Vijayan said.
Mr. Vijayan, a CPI(M) polit bureau member, was addressing a largely attended gathering at the inauguration of a day-and-night indefinite satyagraha organised by the LDF at Market Junction here. The High Court had questioned the direction of the probe, he said adding that Mr. Chandy should have resigned immediately instead of waiting for the final verdict.
Mr. Chandy’s ‘adamant’ stand comes even as leaders of his own party and the ruling coalition are either maintaining a studied silence over the issue or taking divergent stands, he said.
The CPI(M) leader said the emerging political situation was unprecedented, not just in Kerala but elsewhere in the country.
Flanked by leaders of LDF’s constituents, Mr. Vijayan said the Congress loyalist Sreedharan Nair would not have decided to make huge investments in Team Solar unless he was convinced of the proximity of Saritha S. Nair to the Chief Minister’s Office.
The LDF wants a judicial probe and the Chief Minister to quit as the ongoing probe by police officers would not help to bring out the truth, he said.
Mr. Vijayan came down heavily on Director General of Prosecution T. Asaf Ali, a former Congress leader, for downplaying the High Court’s observations on the probe.
P. Karunakaran, MP; K. Kunhiraman, Uduma MLA; K. Kunhiraman, Thrikkarippur MLA; CPI(M) district secretary K.P. Satheesh Chandran; CPI district secretary Govindan Pallikkappil; LDF district convener P. Raghavan; district panchayat president P.P. Shyamala Devi; Harish B. Nambiar (RSP); M. Anandan Nambiar (Congress-S); P.M. Michael (Kerala Congress); and K.S. Fakruddin (Indian National League) were present.
Our Special Correspondent writes from Kannur: On Wednesday, The Left Democratic Front (LDF) began an indefinite day-and-night stir outside the Collectorate as part of the State-wide agitation by the Opposition demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam.
An array of LDF leaders addressed the agitating activists, who occupied a portion of the road in front of the Collectorate.
The road traffic in the area was diverted.
Inaugurating the agitation, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Pannian Ravindran said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was shamefully clinging to his chair. Mr. Chandy should not waste even a moment to resign and face judicial inquiry, he said. The CPI leader also said that all the accused in the solar scam case were sharks.
James Mathew, MLA, presided over the function.