Differences surface in LDF over Thomas Chandy issue

Differences in the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala over continuation of Transport Minister Thomas Chandy came to the fore on Wednesday with four CPI ministers skipping the cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan terming it as “unprecedented.”

CPI ministers E. Chandrasekharan, V.S Sunil Kumar, K. Raju and P. Thilothaman did not attend the cabinet meeting as per a party directive asking them “not to attend the cabinet meet if Chandy took part.”

The transport minister later resigned.

CPI, a key partner in the ruling LDF had taken a stand that Chandy should quit the post following allegations of encroachments by his luxury resort in Alappuzha district and Kerala High Court’s strictures.

The party was of the view that NCP, whose nominee is Chandy, should not be given more time for taking a decision as the issue was affecting the image of the ruling Front.

Confirming that CPI ministers did not attend the meet, Vijayan said that it was an “unprecedented” step which should not have been happened.

When asked how the issue was going to be resolved, Vijayan quipped that they would attend the next cabinet meeting.

(Agencies)

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