The Congress, which leads the opposition United Democratic Front, has found itself in a bind on this issue as some its members have been accused of crimes ranging from sexual assault to bribery.
Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was today cross-examined in a city civil court in connection with the solar project cheating case during which he replied to about 30-odd questions.
Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said one of the four companies said to have been shortlisted for supplying plastic notes appeared to be "blacklisted" which he felt smacks of corruption.
The reaction came soon after election trends in five states suggested that Congress had lost in Kerala and Assam ruled by it and failed to make a dent in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu despite alliances.
During Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry, BJP was the most discussed political party while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the most talked about political leader on Facebook
"Prime Minister's image is decreasing day by day. NDA's failure in Bihar and Delhi shows he is no longer powerful. The situation for BJP will be pathetic in the five states where assembly elections are being held. To save face, Modi is making visits to Kerala", Gowda said.
The budget, presented by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, spared the common man of any additional tax burden, gave thrust to infrastructure development, boost to agricultural and social sectors, besides setting apart Rs 200 crore as subsidy to students who have availed educational loans, but are unable to repay.
Today we are in conversation with the Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy.
Under the new set of rules, prior sanction will be sought from land owners and more compensation and rehabilitation ensured to those who lose their lands.
Talking to reporters after discussions with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Principal Advisor E Sreedharan in Nedumbassery, Oommen Chandy said the 'Metro man' had pointed out some vagueness in the state's letter to the Centre on implementing the projects, worth Rs 6,278 crore.
"Bosch Limited, a leading supplier of technology and services, has commissioned a 12 MW solar project for Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)," the company said in a press release.
The MoU was signed by Kerala Principal Secretary (Ports) James Varghese and Adani Vizhinjam Port Private Ltd CEO Santosh Kumar Mahopatra here this evening in the presence of state CM Oommen Chandy and Adani Ports Chairman Gautam Adani.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate CIAL's green initiative--a 12MWp solar power project set up on the premises of the airport on August 18, Airport Managing Director V J Kurien told reporters here.
A four-member delegation of the Adani Group led by Karan Adani, ED, will hold discussions with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday to work out implementation details of the Rs 7,000-crore Vizhinjam deep sea port project.
"The CIAL board meeting, chaired by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has declared that the company's profit before tax stood at Rs 179.30 crore (in FY 2014-15). It was Rs 157.46 crore in the last year (fiscal)," a CIAL statement said here.
Swaraj has informed the state that two ships have been sent to Yemen to rescue the Indians, including Malayalees, who have been stranded in that country.
According to an agreement, worked out in an meeting with Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, tyre companies will buy rubber from local market with 20 percent customs duty and 5 percent purchase tax, over the international price from local dealers.
Chandy said further fall in price of rubber would not only adversely affect farmers, but also the state's economy. It would also ultimately hit tyre manufactures in the country, as production would fall with farmers shifting to other crops, he pointed out.
Batting for an increase in the Provident Fund pension amount, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said it was a reality that existing PF pension was very meagre.
The government on Tuesday scrambled to react to Italy's sudden decision of not sending back two of its marines, who have been charged with the murder of two Kerala fishermen, and said the move was not "acceptable" to India.
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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has voiced concern over the Centre deferring its decision to entrust work of the Rs 5,181-crore Kochi Metro project to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), saying DMRC itself had evinced interest many times in the past in taking it up.
The Kerala government on Wednesday cleared a proposal for purchase of security gadgets worth Rs 23.61 crore to provide security to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, rated the richest temple in the world.
Oommen Chandy has been MLA for 42 years, a minister several times and Chief Minister of Kerala now twice over.
An all-party delegation from Kerala, headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will meet the Prime Minister on Wednesday over the Mullaperiyar Dam row. The delegation will also include Leader of Opposition VS Achuthanandan.