Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 15: Kerala cabinet minister Thomas Chandy resigned from the CPI(M)-led LDF government on Wednesday. This comes after the state high court slammed him in a land encroachment case and for filing a petition against him own government.
The District Collector of Alappuzha filed a report which stated that Chandy allegedly got a road constructed through government-owned land and levelled water bodies to facilitate easier access to his Lake Palace Resort located near the Punamada Lake in Kerala.
Earlier today, the Communist Party of India (CPI) also boycotted the weekly Kerala Cabinet meeting to protest Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s non-intervention in Chandy’s land encroachment case.
To this, CM Vijayan said, “The Cabinet didn’t discuss Thomas Chandy’s issue. Today I had discussion with him and NCP’s TP Peethambaran. The NCP will discuss it with their central leaders and inform their decision,” ANI reported. He added that the government would take an appropriate decision after considering the High Court’s observation in the case.
Chandy is the third minister to have resigned from the LDF government since it came to power in 2016.
Following the report of the District Commissioner, Chandy approached the court against it. Since approaching against the DC means approaching the court against the state, which goes against the constitutional principle of collective responsibility of the cabinet, the High court dismissed the cabinet minister’s petition.
However, according to The Times of India, Chandy claimed he will approach the Supreme Court and once he is exonerated he will be back in the cabinet.