The last time Oommen Chandy came in Kannur was on October 27, he had to be airlifted to the capital city with a badly bruised chest, the injuries caused by stones hurled at his car and the convoy.

This time, around 4,000 policemen kept a vigil as his mass contact programme (MCP), which began on Tuesday morning.

In 2004, Chandy launched the first edition of the programme in which he meets people in each of the 14 districts of the state and hears their woes and finds solution.

This is the third edition of his MCP and Kannur is the last district that he is covering on Tuesday.

Quite early in the morning, people arrived at the venue and an estimated 10,000 people waited to meet him.

"There has been a talk on why this programme should be held because many of the issues could be settled by officials at the lower levels. To a certain extend it's true. But what we have found is that, officials are unable to do their job because of the strict rules," said Chandy while addressing people who came to meet him.  

"What we have done is that we have re-written 45 government orders to make life easy for people," he added.

The Left opposition has criticized Chandy over the solar panel scam in which a few office staff of the Kerala CM were found to have links with a con couple who swindled many by promising them solar panels at cheap rates.

Since June this year, the opposition has been demanding he order a judicial probe and quit office.


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