Transport Minister Thomas Chandy who has been facing charges of massive land encroachment is likely to get a breather. Revenue Minister E.Chandrasekharan on Monday disclosed that no action would be taken against Chandy until the District Collector submitted her final report to the state government.
Ruling out any action in the wake of the already submitted interim report by the Alappuzha Collector on the charges against Thomas Chandy which reportedly contained adverse remarks on Chandy, the Revenue Minister argued that there was no precedence of any government acting upon an interim report. "Let us wait for the final report by the Collector" he stated.
Sources in the ruling LDF said the second thoughts on proceeding against Thomas Chandy was in the wake of the by-election to the Vengara assembly constituency. The ruling front leadership simply did not wish to give the opposition yet another stick to beat the government by asking Chandy to quit as he would be the third member of the LDF cabinet forced to have an inglorious exit in the last one year. Therefore, the sources added, if at all the government would act against Thomas Chandy, it was likely only after Vengara by-election.
Meanwhile Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, on Monday, urged the government to prosecute Thomas Chandy, on the basis of the findings in the district Collector's interim report without waiting for the final report. Former KPCC president V.M.Sudheeran , on Monday, visited the Marthandamkayal land, allegedly encroached by Chandy and stated that anyone who visited the spot would have no doubt that the Transport Minister was in illegal possession of a vast area of land.
The meeting of the Alappuzha municipal council on Monday plunged into pandemonium with the LDF members demanding that those municipal employees who were suspended following disappearance of files relating to Chandy's land deals be forthwith withdrawn, The BJP's youth wing YuvaMorcha staged a protest march demanding ouster of Thomas Chandy from the cabinet.