Controversial Transport Minister Thomas Chandy is now in an eleventh hour frantic bid to cling on to power even as two major partners of the ruling LDF are of the stand that he should step down.
A visibly emotional Chandy at the leadership meeting of his party NCP on Sunday morning, asked his party colleagues why he should resign from the cabinet when he had not erred. He told the meeting neither Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan nor the CM's party CPM had ever asked to quit. Besides, NCP national leadership also did not ask for resignation, Chandy added.
At the NCP meeting, Chandy's predecessor from the party in the cabinet, A.K.Saseendran said it was true that neither the Chief Minister nor anybody from the ruling front had pressed for Chandy's resignation in the wake of charges of land encroachment by the Transport Minister. But Saseendran pointed out that a controversy was raging over Chandy's alleged encroachment.
Prior to the LDF state committee which was in progress at the AKG Centre to decide on Chandy's future, CPM leaders had parleys with CPI and NCP leaders separately. NCP leaders were reported to have conveyed to CPM leadership their desire to allow Chandy to continue for some more time, at least till the Kerala High Court came out with its judgement in the case in which Thomas Chandy was involved.