Thiruvananthapuram: Hours before the Left's secretariat siege, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy offered to convene talks with the Opposition to end the political stalemate over the demand for his resignation over the solar scam.
Addressing reporters at his official residence on Sunday, he said, “We are prepared to go the extra mile if they are prepared to cooperate,” he said.
“The government has no intention to challenge the democratic right to stage a peaceful protest. But the Opposition cannot be allowed to paralyse the government by blocking all the four gates to the Secretariat,” he said.
Soon after Chandy’s offer for talks, CPI-M State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan ruled out any conciliation talks in this matter with the government.
"All the four gates would be closed and our only demand is Chandy quit and face a judicial probe. There have been similar sieges in the past and central forces were never called in... all what we are doing is staging a peaceful protest. We are not interested in toppling any government," he said.