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CPI-M demands Chandy's resignation

CPI-M demands Chandys resignation

Thiruvananthapuram: Continuing his tirade against Congress-led UDF government in the state, newly elected CPI-M State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Wednesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam.

Addressing a meet the press programme organised by the Press Club here, he said Chandy has no right to continue in office in the wake of more 'evidence' against him coming out before the Judicial Commission that is probing the scam.

Chandy's resignation was also necessary for the independent functioning of the Solar Commission, he added.

The solar scam pertains to duping of a large number of people by scam accused Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan.

The scam took a political turn after the arrest of a close personal aide of Chandy for his alleged links with the fraudsters.

On the bar bribery issue related to Finance Minister K M Mani, Balakrishnan said the CPI(M) and the party led LDF opposition firmly believes he should not present the budget since an FIR has been registered against him in the case.

"Chandy should keep Mani out of the Ministry. Allowing him to present the Budget in the assembly session starting on March 6 is a challenge to people of the state," he said.

Asked about the Opposition strategy to prevent Mani from presenting the budget, he said Opposition MLAs would meet on budget day and take an appropriate decision on the matter.

To a question, Balakrishnan made it clear that LDF was not in favour of toppling the government by luring MLA's from the ruling Front. "The people will change in the government due to anti-people policies of UDF", he added.

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