Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala industries minister E P Jayarajan, facing charges of nepotism, today resigned from the cabinet, said reports.
Jayarajan, who has been facing heat over the last fortnight over charges of nepotism in key appointments in Kerala State public sector enterprises, offered to step down at the CPI(M) State secretariat meeting which concluded here a while ago.
Announcing the decision at a news conference, party State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the resignation is intended to lift the image of the party and the Left Democratic Front (LDF). He added that Jayarajan admitted before the CPM state committee that he committed a mistake by appointing close relatives.
The CPM-led LDF government in Kerala was facing a crisis with the row over appointment of ministerial kins to plum posts in PSUs refusing to die down. Opposition Congress on Wednesday had demanded either resignation or sacking of Jayarajan, who is at the centre of the controversy.
Jayarajan had appointed his nephew P K Sudheer,, 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, on Wednesday had 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.
Jayarajan’s resignation is the outcome of the strong stand taken by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.
“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 had told reporters in New Delhi.
Asked if any action will be taken, he had said, “certainly”.