Maharashtra-Haryana Assembly Elections

Solar scam: LDF steps up stir, Chandy rules out resignation

Thiruvananthapuram, PTI | Updated : 18 June 2013, 03:32 PM

As the CPI(M)-led LDF Opposition stepped up the agitation over the solar scam inside and outside the Assembly, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday categorically rejected the demand for his resignation asserting that he had not done any wrong.

While the Opposition forced the adjournment of the House minutes after the sitting began and their feeder outfits hit the streets across the state, Chandy ruled out yielding to Opposition pressures.

"Why should I resign? I haven't done anything wrong," he told reporters here and dared the Opposition to bring out any evidence to show he had done even a small favour to the company which duped large number of people offering installation of solar panels.

He accused LDF of campaigning against him by leveling baseless charges and said their intention behind stalling the assembly proceedings was to cover up lapses in investigation into the company's fraudulent deals during the previous LDF rule.

The prime accused in the case Biju Radhakrishnan was arrested on Monday, while his accomplice Saritha Nair is already in police custody.

The scam snowballed into a political issue after two personal staff members of the Chief Minister were allegedly found to have made frequent phone calls to Saritha. They were removed from the Chief Minister's office and a special police team constituted to probe deals of the company and its links with bigwigs.

First Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:30 AM
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