Thiruvanathapuram: Stray incidents of violence on Wednesday marred the 12-hour strike called by the CPM led LDF in Kerala to demand resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam issue even as normal life was badly hit across the state.
The LDF had called for a shutdown in Kerala on Wednesday, demanding Chandy's resignation. But the CM remained defiant and said, "There is no minute fact of truth. CM is not anywhere in the picture. Now Opposition is after my blood, afraid of me and my association with the people," he said.
Union Minister and an MP from Kerala Shashi Tharoor also claimed the attacks have not hit the image of the Chief Minister but of the Opposition parties. He said, "Calling for CM's resignation achieves nothing. It is politics of street theatre, which people have outgrown. Practically no state in India do we have hartal on a drop of hat as we do in Kerala."
In a jolt for Chandy in the solar panel scam, businessman Sreedharan Nair, who was allegedly cheated of Rs 40 lakh, on Monday, claimed that he visited Chandy's office with accused Saritha S Nair, who introduced him as an investor.
The Monsoon session of Kerala Assembly ended amidst chaos due to solar scam on Tuesday even as Chandy refused to quit from his post amidst protests called by CPM in Thiruvananthapuram, which has virtually turned into a war zone.
Chandy has come under fire after it was found that three of his staff members had close links with Saritha. Jopan is behind bars in this case. Two other staff members were sacked, after the case came to light, for being in regular contact with Saritha.
Meanwhile, the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) has decided to back the beleaguered leader after revelations made by a businessman. "The UDF is fully behind Oommen Chandy and we will fight this politically. This is a conspiracy by the Opposition and we will not bow down before it," KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala said.
With Additional Inputs From PTI