No party system to examine CM’s office, say reports
Thiruvananthapuram: The absence of the party system to monitor the Chief Minister’s office has triggered another controversy amid the ongoing allegations against CPM and the government.
When Pinarayi Vijayan was the CPM state secretary and VS Achuthananthan was the Chief Minister, the party had various systems to monitor the government. The party had strong control over the appointment of personal staff to CM and other ministers.
A five-member committee including the ministers was appointed to decide on matters as per the party policy was the major system. Apart from this, there were other systems to monitor the government where politburo member A Vijayaraghavan, Vaikom Viswan and AK Balan were in charge of it.
The secretariat meetings of the party had also discussed the government matters.
It is examined that when Pinarayi Vijayan assumed the CM’s office, these systems disappeared or turned weak.
Earlier, CPM leadership had decided only graduates and people below 60 years should be appointed as personal staff to ministers. But this condition was not followed in the appointment of CM’s additional private secretary CM Raveendran.
The CM himself recommended Raveendran to the team of his personal staff.
It is also alleged that the young state committee member who is appointed as political secretary, is not efficient to handle political matters or intervene in issues properly.
A system was established with the entry of MV Jayarajan to CM’s office in the 2nd year of the LDF government. Politicians and MLAs obatined a platform to know and enquire on matters with this. Apart from political observation, Jayarajan also successfully created a good bond with all.
When he was elated as Kannur district secretary, Sivasankar and CM Raveendran took control of CM’ s office.