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'Tainted' Kerala minister Thomas Chandy resigns

Through the judgment, Chandy has lost all hope of continuing as a Minister.

The state unit of Chandy's party, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has asked its central leadership to decide on Chandy's future in the CPM-led Left Democratic Front government.

NCP state leadership on Tuesday chose to leave the decision on the demand for Chandy's decision to the party's parliamentary board.

The division bench of the court of Justice P.N. Ravindran and Justice Devan Ramachandran came down heavily on Chandy and observed that it was very unusual what a state Minister has filed a petition against the state government "which questions the failure of the collective responsibility of the cabinet".

Tankha, who arrived here Monday evening, however maintained that he was appearing on behalf of Chandy in court in his professional capacity as a lawyer.

Chandy had also allegedly encroached on the backwaters to construct a parking space for the resort, according to the collector's report.

Chandy claimed that the Supreme Court has held that there is no connection between the observations being made in an open court and a signed verdict. "Appropriate decision will be taken at the right time", he said.

State BJP general secretary M.T. Ramesh said it's a shame that the court has come down heavily and questioned the very essence of Vijayan's governance. On Tuesday, Vijayan told reporters that he has learned about the court order and is in talks with the NCP leadership.

NCP state president TP Peethambaran Master along with other party leaders will meet CM.

Despite this furore, the chief minister has said a decision will be taken when the time is ripe-not quite in character when one recalls the alacrity with which he first let go his second-in-command E P Jayarajan and A K Saseendran, Chandy's party-mate from the NCP. It is better for Chandy to quit, said senior communist leader and public works minister G. Sudhakaran.

The LDF entrusted chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday to take a decision.

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