Thiruvananthapuram: Amide uproar over alleged involvement of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the solar panel scam, Kerala Assembly was on Tuesday adjourned sine die.
Meanwhile, Kerala witnessed more protests on Tuesday with agitators demanding the resignation of Chandy. Police used water cannons to control protestors who tried to breakthrough barricades near the Kerala Assembly. The Left Front parties protested outside Kerala Assembly and asked for Chandy's resignation. This is the second day in a row that protestors agitated in the state after the solar panel scam surfaced.
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.
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.
"I met the Chief Minister along with Sarita and it was the Chief Minister's secretary Jopan who took us there. I invested money believing in the Chief Minister's words," Sreedharan Nair said.