Kanam Rajendran | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI delegates attending the party's Pathanamthitta district committee meeting have lashed out at its state secretary, Kanam Rajendran. Party leaders said that Kanam is functioning as a slave of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Members reportedly are upset that the state government is being termed as the 'Pinarayi government' instead of 'LDF government'.
While speaking to IANS, a delegate in the party Pathanamthitta district conference said: "CPI is a political party which has upheld its dignity under all the circumstances and we don't know why the state secretary is playing second fiddle to the Chief Minister and supporting him in every move."
Kanam Rajendran has been defending the chief minister and government on controversial issues. Besides, he criticised CPI national executive committee member Annie Raja when she took on the state government and CPM leaders on multiple occasions.
CPI members worry that the actions of Kanam is not in line with the precedents set by former leaders like Veliyam Bhargavan or CK Chandrappan who strongly defended the party and stood up to the CPM in the Left front. They are sore that Kanam Rajendran who was also termed as a powerful leader has been ’working as a B team of the CPM'.
CPI leaders also came out strongly against state health minister and CPM leader, Veena George, saying that the health system of Kerala which were recognised even by the global media during the previous LDF government were spoiled by the functioning of the present health minister. They said that Veena George was not even picking up the telephone calls of CPI leaders, and charged that a minister with phone phobia is unacceptable.