No decision on Thomas Chandy's resignation on Tuesday: NCP

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Kochi: Transport Minister Thomas Chandy will not resign next day and NCP State Committee will not discuss the topic in its meeting to be held tomorrow, clarified party president N. P. Peethambaran Master.

The CPI leaders felt that the Minister, who moved High Court against Alappuzha Collector's report against him on encroachment, is undesirable giving a message that the Minister is moving against a Government report.

The state advocate general C P Sudhakara Prasad had recently told the state government that the collector's report had legal binding and can not be ignored.

There have been demands from the Opposition Congress-led UDF and BJP after Alappuzha district collector T V Anupama confirmed that paddy field had been reclaimed for laying the road to his resort, besides there was encroachment of backwaters constructed by the resort for its parking space.

Chandy, the richest Minister in the LDF Government, has run out of options also because of the stiff demand raised by the CPI, second biggest partner in the ruling front, for his resignation or expulsion.

Besides, the NCP has also not discussed the matter as there was no need to discuss a "non-issue", he told reporters.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan should seek Chandy's resignation, he said.

A number of senior leaders were tightlipped about the outcome of today's meeting.

"The LDF has always taken a stand against land encroachers", the CPI leader said in Kottayam. However, he did not divulge the details of the meeting.

"The meeting scheduled for Tuesday was planned one month ago for discussing the party affairs".

"There is no evidence against Chandy as of now". At the same time, Chandy challenged the collector's report in the High Court triggering a controversy over the appropriateness of a Minister questioning the validity of a report from the Government's own official. He said the allegations were levelled only to target him "with the set agenda orchestrated" by his political rivals, interested parties, and the media conjointly.

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