The manner in which the government handled the agitation, which passed off peacefully, has also caught the eye of political observers. They feel it is a partial victory for Chandy as one of the Opposition's main demands for his resignation over the issue has been turned down.

However, CPI-M leaders have made it clear that their stir for his resignation would continue and have demanded that the Chief Minister's Office also be brought under the purview of the proposed judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge.

Chandy had already indicated that his office would not come under the probe ambit. "The Opposition has pointed out numerous allegations but they have not been able to bring in any evidence to support the charges. Hence, the Chief Minister will not come under scrutiny', Chandy had said.

Political observers feel that Chandy has consolidated his position in Congress and among UDF partners by warding off a major challenge.

Both Chandy and KPCC chief Rmaesh Chennithala are scheduled to meet the party high command next week to apprise them of the latest political situation in the state.

(Agencies)

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