BJP demands Chandy’s resignation over solar panel scam

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The BJP on Thursday demanded the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed, after a court ordered an FIR against them on corruption charges in the solar panel case.

“The charges against the chief minister and the power minister are of very serious nature and we demand their resignations,” union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference.

“I don’t think he (Chandy) has a choice. He has no locus standi to be chief minister anymore,” she said, when informed that Chandy has refused to resign, saying he had done no wrong.

The BJP leader also asked the Congress leadership to take a call in the matter.

“Let the Congress high command speak out what they have to say on this. The Congress high command looks the other way when it comes to corruption. Would they go to Kerala and speak about the corruption?” Sitharaman asked.

The main accused in the scam, Saritha Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan were arrested in 2013 for cheating numerous investors who paid money for solar panels.

The Thrissur Vigilance Court on Thursday directed a first information report to be registered against Chandy and Mohammed.

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