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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Kerala on the boil, Antony backs CM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Thiruvananthapuram, July 09, 2013
First Published: 22:35 IST(9/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:45 IST(10/7/2013)

Defence minister AK Antony on Tuesday rallied behind Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, who is under attack for the solar scam, even as opposition LDF activists demanding the CM’s resignation clashed with police injuring many, including opposition leader VS Achuthanandan.

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 “There is no political crisis in the state. None need to think that there will be a change of government,” Antony told reporters at Alapuzha.

A couple, allegedly in close contact with the CM’s staff members, convinced countless people to invest in schemes involving the import of solar power panels and setting up windmill farms. The schemes did not exist and the duo made away with tens of crores of rupees.

Chandy has already sacked two of his staff members and the state public relations director for their alleged liaison with one of the accused, Saritha.

But the move has not appeased the LDF, which has called a state shutdown on Wednesday over the issue.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi too has sought a report from party general secretary (Kerala in-charge) Mukul Wasnik.

Meanwhile, Chandy refused to step down.

“Opposition can’t blackmail me like this. I will not surrender before politics of violence,” he said.

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