The BJP Friday went demanded immediate resignation of CM Oommen Chandy in connection with the ‘solar scam’. The party also used the graft allegations against Chandy to attack the Congress leadership. It said Sonia and Rahul Gandhi “perhaps have no moral right” to seek Chandy’s resignation, as they themselves are facing charges of corruption in the National Herald case.
“The Kerala CM has no right to continue even for a minute. We now know that he has been sending emissaries to persuade her (Saritha Nair, prime accused in the scam) to change her statements,” BJP spokesperson M J Akbar told the media, referring to Nair’s allegations. “He has no moral or political right to continue.” he added.
Akbar claimed Nair’s statement that she had paid Rs 1.90 crore to Chandy through his aides and Rs 40 lakh to his Cabinet minister Aryadan Mohammad — “proved” corruption in the state government, adding that the charges against the CM showed “appalling misuse of power”.
Chandy has called the allegations a political conspiracy.
BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao said Chandy is “making a mockery of Indian democracy” by continuing in power. Attacking the Congress vice-president, Rao tweeted: “Rahul Gandhi before touring elsewhere should visit Kerala. Before raising any other issue, shd address concerns of Kerala people on Solar Scam.”