Thiruvananthapuram, March 31: A K Saseendran who has resigned as Transport Minister after having corruption charges on him will be replaced by Thomas Chandy of NCP who first served as a businessman and now as a politician. He will be appointed as a minister on Saturday.The decision of appointing Chandy as a minister was taken after a meeting of Left Democratic Front (LDF) leaders, today. Chandy had already served as a MLA for three-times from Kuttanad in Alapuzha district.
After broadcast of the audio clip of NCP's Saseendran speaking in sexual undertones to a woman on Malayalam channel Mangalam, he resigned himself on March 26.
After E P Jayarajan of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M), Saseendran was the second minister to resign from the 10-month-old LDF government. E P Jayarajan quit as Industries Minister under charges of nepotism on him.
After the meeting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today, NCP state leadership handed a letter nominating Chandy as its nominee in the ministry. He is considered as the richest legislature in the state assembly as he had already done the business in Kerala and Kuwait in education and hospitality sectors.
NCP state President Uzhavoor Vijayan stated Chandy as a new nominee of NCP in the cabinet. He will be declared as a minister on Saturday at 4 PM.
The channel admitted after raising the blame on them said that they had done a sting operation to expose Saseendran. The women involved in the conversation with Saseendran was one of theirs journalist. Even though after their admit Saseendran refused to return cabinet because wanted to stay of from this as the judicial and police inquiries are still going on.
R Ajit Kumar, Managing Director of the channel stated that "to uphold media ethics, we came out with our explanation. It was a conscious decision not to disclose that it was a sting operation at the time of airing the audio clip on Mar 26". "This was also to protect the identity of the woman media personnel who had conversed with Saseendran. Still I feel it was correct”, he added.