Appointment of kins of ministers: Kerala govt in crisis

The CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala seems to be facing its worst crisis as the row over appointment of kins of ministers to plum posts in PSUs refuses to die down, with opposition Congress today demanding either resignation or sacking of Industries Minister E P Jayarajan, who is at the centre of the controversy.

CPI(M) General Secretary  Sitaram Yechury
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also indicated, in New Delhi, that action could be taken.

“The process of correction of whatever decision has been taken has been initiated. The state Secretariat will be meeting on October 14 at Thiruvananthapuram,” Yechury told reporters in New Delhi.

Asked if any action will be taken, he said “certainly”.

KPCC President V M Sudheeran said Jayarajan should either resign or he should be removed from the post. The matter cannot be viewed as an internal issue of the party, he told reporters here.

Congress will take out a march to the Assembly on October 17, when the House re-assembles after Pooja holidays, he said.

Congress and BJP leaders have also written to Vigilance Director seeking action against Jayarajan.

Vigilance is understood to have sought legal opinion. Jayarajan had appointed his nephew P K Sudheer, who is the son of Kannur MP, P K Sreemathy, as the Managing Director of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd early this month.

However, when the matter became controversial, the appointment was cancelled by the government.

Deepthi Nishad, another close relative of Jayarajan, today resigned as the General Manager of Kerala Clays and Ceramic Products Ltd in Kannur.

Opposition alleged that Deepthi, daughter-in-law of Jayarajan’s elder brother, was appointed in the PSU without the requisite qualification.

CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan today held talks with Jayarajan for nearly an hour at the AKG Centre, the party head quarters, and has reportedly sought details of various appointments made by him.

Jayarajan declined to talk to the media after his visit to the party office.