Post for kin: Jayarajan faces wrath of Oppn, party colleagues
Thiruvananthapuram: Resentment has been brewing up within CPM against Kerala Industries Minister E P Jayarajan over the controversial appointment of one of his relatives to the top post of a public sector company.
A group within his party alleged that the Minister’s action and his response to the controversy have damaged the image of the party and the state government alike.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has reportedly met Jayarajan at Kannur Guest House on Friday to convey his dissatisfaction over the development.
CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the party will examine the matter and see if such appointments have been made by any of the party members. It is learned that many other CPM leaders have recommended their kin to various posts at several PSUs.
Slamming Jayarajan for “misusing” his post, KPCC President V M Sudheeran demanded his resignation. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, meanwhile, wrote a letter to the Vigilance Director, urging him to register case against Jayarajan.
The issue pertains to appointment of Sudhir Nambiar, son of his wife’s sister and Kannur MP P K Sreemathy, as the Managing Director of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises (KSIE) Limited.