New Delhi, Nov 15: Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy on Wednesday resigned from the Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet.
Chandy has submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan through NCP leader T.P. Peethamabaran.
Addressing media Peethamabaran said the resignation letter had been handed over. “All the details will be told to you at 2 p.m.”
“Chandy’s resignation letter has been forwarded to the Governor,” Vijayan said while leaving his office.
On Tuesday, the Vijayan government witnessed a major a setback when the Kerala High Court dismissed a petition filed by Chandy for quashing the Alappuzha Collector’s report which alleged land grab by Chandy’s resort.
Chandy was present at the weekly cabinet meeting. While leaving for a meeting with the NCP leadership, he told the media that he was not quitting.
On Wednesday morning, Chandy drove to the Vijayan’s residence with NCP acting President Peethamabaran and held a 40-minute talk.
Chandy is a three-time legislator representing Kuttanad in Alappuzha district.
Chandy became a minister after his senior party colleague A.K. Saseendran had to quit after sleaze allegations surfaced against him.
Chandy is the third minister quitting the Kerala government in just 18 months. The first to go was Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan who quit last year. Saseendran followed in March this year.