Thiruvananthapuram: Though many think Oommen Chandy is passing through a turbulent phase in his four-decade-old political career, the Kerala Chief Minister said that he has seen worse times. Chandy has caught the eye of storm ever since the solar-scam surfaced and the Opposition CPI-M has been relentless in its call for his ouster.

"This is nothing compared to the ruckus created by the CPI-M in the mid-1980s against me. During 1982 to 1987 when I was a minister, the CPI-M led by EK Nayanar and MV Raghavan foisted a fabricated case of selling forest wood on me," Chandy said.

"To prove that I have done no wrong, I announced in the Assembly that I would face a judicial probe. That was the last time in the state that a sitting high court judge was called to conduct the probe. By the end of our tenure, the judge submitted his report, in which my name has not even been mentioned once. I was not even called to testify," said Chandy.

Chandy has been representing the Puthupally assembly constituency since 1970 without ever tasting defeat. He has held practically every post in the government, from being a minister on numerous occasions as well as leader of the Opposition.

"I have always moved with the people irrespective of what position I hold. People are my strength. They know that I will not let them down," he said. "The present impasse is nothing but a political one and my hands are clean. I have done no wrong. Time will prove that. It is only a question of waiting a bit more," said the Kerala CM.


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