Thiruvananthapuram: We will ‘not bend our knees before a political conspiracy’, said a combative Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday as the Opposition mounted pressure on him to quit over a scam.

The Opposition has demanded Chandy's resignation as well as a judicial probe against him after Sreedharan Nair, a businessman, on Monday told TV channels he had met the Kerala CM at his office along with Saritha S Nair on July 9 last year. Saritha is one of the accused in the solar scam case and has already been arrested.

Angry supporters of the Opposition clashed with the police, demanding the resignation of Chandy. "Today is the 10th day in succession that you have stalled the proceedings of the assembly on the very same solar scam issue. I will say the same thing that I said on the previous nine occasions. I don't need the privilege of a Chief Minister or even that of a legislator, please give me the rights of an ordinary citizen," Chandy said.

"We will not bend our knees before a political conspiracy," added Chandy amidst a thunderous applause from the treasury benches. The Chief Minister refuted the claims made by Sreedharan Nair on their meeting at the former's office.

"As I said on Monday, again I am saying on two occasions Sreedharan Nair had met me, and on both the occasions Saritha S Nair was not present. He came along with other members of a Quarry Association to give me representations," said Chandy.

Saritha Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan had launched a firm called Team Solar that collected large sums of money on the promise of delivering solar panels.

The couple was arrested last month after several complaints were received from people who had given Team Solar money but got nothing in return. Sreedharan Nair on Monday said he paid Rs 40 lakh in three installments to Saritha Nair to erect a solar panel factory at Palakkad after being convinced that the project was viable after he met Chandy along with Saritha Nair.


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