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Kerala: LDF lays seige to secretariat, demands Chandy's resignation

Aug 12, 2013 10:59 AM IST Politics Politics
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Thiruvananthapuram: As a fallout of Solar panel scam, thousands of Left Democratic Front (LDF) volunteers gathered at the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday morning. The protestors have steeped the demand of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's resignation. They blocked three gates of the secretariat.

Chandy, who came to power in May 2011 after leading the Congress-led UDF to victory in the Assembly polls, had on Sunday said force would not be used to suppress the agitation if it was carried out peacefully but would be compelled to act sternly if violence erupted.

Spurning the olive branch held out by Chandy, LDF leaders rejected the offer of talks, asserting there was no compromise on the demand for his resignation.

Rocking the state for some two months, the solar scam has brought Chandy under a cloud, especially after the arrest of a personal assistant in his office for his alleged links with the accused.

The scam pertains to financial cheating of several people by the accused Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha Nair, both under arrest, by offering clients solar energy solutions. The accused allegedly flaunted their clout with the CM's office for duping unsuspecting clients of huge sums.

Meanwhile, causing further embarrassment to Chandy, a local television channel on Sunday night beamed a photograph showing Saritha sharing a platform with him during a function in January last year.

(With Additional Information From PTI)