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Will quit when party wants me to,says Chandy

Kerala CM is facing heat over the solar panel scam from within the party and CPM-led Opposition.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
July 18, 2013 12:57:55 am

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy,who is facing heat over the solar panel scam from within the party and the CPM-led Opposition,said on Wednesday he would quit the moment the party wants him to.

Chandy told the media that inspite of the existing problems within the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF),the Opposition should not be under the impression that they can unseat the government. “Whatever the extent of insult and humiliation I am subjected to,I would continue to hold the responsibility entrusted to me by the party. I would quit the moment the party wants me to,’’ he said.

Chandy said when the LDF realised that he would discharge his responsibility despite the agitation,they circulated stories about change in the government. The bid to woo UDF ally Kerala Congress (M) would not succeed,Chandy added.

Alleging that the Opposition was fabricating stories for ‘breaking news’,Chandy asked why were the CCTV visuals not examined in order to ascertain whether the alleged con woman Saritha S Nair had visited him along with a complainant.

Meanwhile,the CPM and its allies Wednesday reached a consensus to go slow on strategies to topple the Congress government. The CPI had earlier hinted that it would not hesitate to go for an alternative government with Kerala Congress (M) leader K M Mani as the chief minister. However,the party mellowed its stand after consulting the CPM. The RSP and the JD(S) are also likely to “wait until the crisis deepens within the UDF’’.

It seems that the LDF is confused on exploiting the political situation emerging from the solar scam. Although the front had raised a storm within the Assembly,it could not sustain the agitation after the Assembly was adjourned sine die. The idea of supporting Mani,chairperson of regional Christian party Kerala Congress,gathered strength after CPM polit buro member S Ramachandran Pillai commented in Delhi that the LDF would look into the option of Mani at the appropriate time.

Subsequently,CPI and a section of the RSP the option of Mani was not completely ruled out. However,this decision was short-lived.

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