Senior Congress leader A.K.Antony has called for an inquiry into the allegations against state transport minister, Thomas Chandy.
Talking to media, the Congress Working Committee member who had been silent on Kerala matters for the past several years said it was unfair on the part of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to have given a clean chit to his cabinet colleague Chandy without inquiring into the allegations. He added that the allegation that the minister had encroached illegally into government land at more than one place was too serious to be ignored. The Chief Minister should have ordered an enquiry into the allegations and then commented, Antony added.
On Friday, Congress workers in Alleppey took out a protest march to the Lake Palace resort owned by Thomas Chandy demanding action against the minister.
Besides Congress leader Antony, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran also suggested that the charges against Thomas Chandy be inquired into. Asked whether the minister's resignation was warranted, the CPI leader replied that only after the inquiry, the question of resignation would arise and that too once the charges were proved.