Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Embarrassment for Congress as party member represents tainted Kerala Minister

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Bennie Garza | 14 November, 2017, 21:00

Communist Party of India State secretary Kanam Rajendran on Tuesday said the High Court's adverse observations about the collective responsibility of the Cabinet were grave and hoped that the Chief Minister would take an appropriate decision as per the Left Democratic Front's position on Transport Minister Thomas Chandy's resignation.

Breaking his silence on the matter, he told reporters here that the decision would be taken after examining the Kerala High Court order and NCP decision.

"This clearly shows that the "money power" of Chandy holds sway and Vijayan has a soft corner for him", said Chennithala.

"If the CM asks me to resign, I will follow his instruction".

"Never before has the court made an observation that the cabinet has lost its collective responsibility". The state government also faced the court's wrath, with the bench questioning the lack of action on the part of the government on the district collector's report and said the government is trying to place it on the court's shoulders.

The court cited Article 164 (2) of the Constitution, which stipulates that the council of ministers is collectively responsible, to say that even if a minister does not privately agree with the government's decision, he is expected to support it in public while being a minister.

"Vijayan is scared of Chandy as it now appears that his money power reigns supreme". Chandy, a businessman-turned-politician, is NCP's only minister in the Cabinet. Vijayan said the LDF had earlier chose to entrust him to take an appropriate decision on the matter after looking into all aspects. Despite the state Congress' attempts to stall Tankha through AICC intervention, he appeared for Chandy on Tuesday, after facing a protest by Youth Congress workers.

The state leadership of the Congress has expressed their strong resentment to the party high command.

In his petition, Chandy said all sorts of "wild and baseless" allegations were being raised against his Water World Tourism Company, targeting him "with the set agenda orchestrated" by his political rivals, interested parties and the media.

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