Govt trying to save face as new controversies erupt
Thiruvananthapuram: When Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addressed the media, a day earlier to his swearing in, one of his statements had made headlines - "Be aware of the incarnations". It was a criticism on the UDF government which was totally disgraced in the solar scam. Under the present situations, those words seem to hit him back. Due to the activities of an incarnation in the power structure, even the chief minister's principal secretary has to be ousted.
The state government is on the defensive now. When the Sprinklr controversy erupted, demands arose in CPM state secretariat that IT secretary M Sivasankar should be removed from the post. The issue was serious as an international contract was signed without even discussing with the law department. However, the chief minister justified him producing all the documents. The state committee also changed the decision to remove him.
When the e-bus contract ended up in controversy, transport minister A K Saseendran was not allowed to respond on it. Instead chief minister himself explained the matters. The allegations are strengthened as the gold smuggling case suspect Swapna Suresh joined IT Space Park through the company PricewaterhouseCoopers which is involved in the e-bus contract.
The government claimed that it changed the people who are facing accusations from concerned positions and they will not protect anyone. In solar scam, the issues was related to the cheating of individuals in chief minister's office and immoral activities. But in the ongoing controversy, gold smuggling also is involved and the issue cannot be easily resolved.
The chief minister and the party leaders are trying to convince that the issues resulted from the deeds of only one official and the chief minister and party are not responsible for the same. First Sivasankar was removed from the post of principal secretary and then ousted from IT secretary post after a second thought. He was asked to take long leave in order to save the face of the government.