The much awaited and long delayed decision on the question of controversial Transport Minister Thomas Chandy's exit from the state cabinet was once again deferred by the ruling LDF's state committee meeting on Sunday. The LDF passed the buck to the tainted minister's party, NCP to decide on his fate.
Meanwhile LDF sources said that the decision would be taken by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The Sunday meeting authorised the Chief Minister in this regard. He would also take into consideration the various aspects of the issue including the legal advice the government had received from the Advocate General and the findings in the enquiry report by the Alappuzha district collector.
It is however learnt that both CPM and CPI, the two major partners were of the firm view at the ruling coalition's high level meeting that Thomas Chandy should call it a day. Nevertheless NCP asked for some more time, at least till Wednesday next when the party executive is scheduled in Kochi to take a final decision. NCP national leadership's pressure has in the meanwhile been mounting on the ruling front leadership not to sack Chandy. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also wished to give Chandy and his party some more time. CPI leaders who attended the meeting also felt that it was appropriate that the decision was taken by NCP itself without a decision being thrust upon the party and its nominee to the cabinet by the LDF leadership.
Speculation is rife in the state capital by Sunday evening that Thomas Chandy may bow out on his own. But Chandy who too attended the LDF meeting with other colleagues of his party was adamant.