The controversy over Thomas Chandy's alleged land grab surfaced after Alappuzha district collector T.V. Anupama submitted a report in August saying that portions of the Marthandam Lake had been usurped for building the Minister's plush Lake Palace Resort, besides a paddy field was levelled for a parking lot for the resort.
The opposition Congress' agitation against Chandy lost some steam after its own Rajya Sabha MP and lawyer Vivek Tankha appeared for the minister in the high court.
Chandy had petitioned the HC seeking to quash the collector's report, which reportedly confirms the veracity of charges of encroachment on land and backwaters for the construction of a resort owned by him.
"It's a classic case for disqualification".
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Following the court's scathing criticism, the NCP Minister's continuation has become untenable.
During arguments on Tuesday, counsel for Chandy, a businessman -turned-politician representing the NCP in the cabinet, pressed for expunging any reference to the minister in the report.
"We are embarrassed to say that a minister can not file a writ petition against his own government", the court orally observed, reported The Hindu. Pinarayi and Kodiyeri held discussions on Tuesday as call for Chandy's resignation got louder.
NCP state leadership on Tuesday chose to leave the decision on the demand for Chandy's decision to the party's parliamentary board.
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The state unit of NCP has sought the opinion of its national leadership, state president T.P. Peethambaran told reporters. Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the verdict leaves no option for Chandy but to quit.
Amidst mounting pressure for the resignation of Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, the ruling CPI (M) today made it clear that the party would not make any compromise in dealing with those who violate the law.
Following the HC verdict, the chief minister finally ended his silence on the Chandy issue, telling mediapersons Tuesday that he would take the right decision on the issue at an appropriate time.
Sources said Chandy would meet chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and ahead of the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Jayarajan was a leader of Vijayan's Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Saseendran was a leader of NCP.
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