CPI remains silent; No discussions over controversies in LDF

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K. B. Ganesh Kumar said that allies must be given ample consideration in the LDF.

Thiruvananthapuram: The LDF meeting convened on Saturday in view of the political controversies and Opposition allegations against the government concluded without discussions on any of the matters.

The CPI, which publicly disagreed with the CPI (M) in matters from Jose K. Mani to M. Sivasankar, remained silent during the meeting. The CPI had demanded transparency in consultancy appointments. But during the meeting, CPI Kerala state secretary Kanam Rajendran did not even mention about the controversies.

K. B. Ganesh Kumar said that allies must be given ample consideration in the LDF. He clarified that the matter was not a complaint and added the matter was presented as the LDF meeting was the venue to discuss it.

Ganesh Kumar stated that Kerala Congress (B) was not receiving the consideration it deserved. While being part of the UDF, Kerala Congress was given a ministerial post. But with the LDF it received a post at the Kerala State Welfare Corporation for Forward Communities. The post is of cabinet rank but does not have money or activities.

Ganesh Kumar further added that the matter was not his personal opinion but was presented following the direction of Kerala Congress (B) chairman R. Balakrishna Pillai.

Chief Minister Pinrayi Vijayan did not attend the meeting as he was visiting Karipur airport.

One of the agendas in the meeting was to decide on the vacant Rajya Sabha seat. CPI (M) was of the opinion that the RS seat vacated following the death of M. P. Veerendra Kumar must be given to LJD, said party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. All the allies backed this opinion.

Meanwhile, T. P. Peethambaran demanded that the next vacant seat must be given to NCP.

The meeting decided that preparations for the local Self government polls must be made adhering to the COVID-19 protocol. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan expressed hope that the election will be held at least in November.

The meeting disagreed with bringing local self government organisations under the administrative system. It also decided that LDF workers must spearhead virus prevention and relief efforts as they were the most important part of poll preparations.

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