Oommen Chandy resigns as Kerala Chief Minister

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday resigned from the post following the defeat of Congress-led UDF in the Assembly election.

Oommen ChandyOommen Chandy

Chandy drove to the Raj Bhavan on Friday morning around 10.30 am and submitted his resignation letter to Governor P Sathasivam. He told reporters that UDF and Congress would be meeting next week to discuss the poll debacle and take stock of the situation.

UDF, which was trounced by CPI(M) headed LDF in the May 16 polls, bagged only 47 seats against the rival front's 91. "This is only a temporary phenomena and Congress will come back with strength," 72-year-old Chandy said, adding, "the party and Front have the responsibility for the setback, but as chairman of UDF, I have more responsibility".

On reports that he was not willing to take up the post of Leader of Opposition, he said, "It is a matter to be discussed at the party level. I have nothing more to say."

Chandy said that he would be going to the state Secretariat to meet his office staff and other employees. Chandy has the distinction of being the only Congress chief minister to have completed the five-year term in office.

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