VS demands Chandy's resignation

VS demands Chandy's resignation

As the controversy over alleged links between Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s office and a woman arrested on fraud charges raged on through Sunday, Leader of the Opposition V S Achuthanandan demanded the chief minister’s resignation and issue a public apology.

CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan also upped the ante, asking Chandy to step down and face a judicial probe. The issue is fast approaching a political flashpoint with both the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) lining up key leadership meetings on Monday.

Interacting with reporters, Achuthanandan equated the government to a company run by fraudsters and raised concern over reports that other ministers could also be involved in the scam. Ministers including M K Muneer, K C Joseph and Aryadan Mohammed are also under the scanner over the alleged interactions they had with the arrested Sarita S Nair, a 35-year-old woman who had been collecting huge amounts of money from potential investors after promising them stakes in non-existent solar and wind energy projects.

The opposition leader said since the chief minister  didn’t use personal mobile phones, the entire blame was being passed on to his personal staff members who take the chief minister’s calls.  He also pointed out that Sarita and her accomplice – the absconding Biju Radhakrishnan – had used letters under the chief minister ’s letterhead to add credibility and dupe investors.

Days after the solar scam hit headlines in the state, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala came out in support of the Chandy.

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