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Appointment of ministerial kins: Kerala govt in crisis

The CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala seems to be facing its worst crisis with the row over appointment of ministerial kins to plum posts in PSUs refusing to die down, even as opposition Congress on Wednesday demanded either resignation or sacking of Industries Minister E P Jayarajan, who is at the centre of the controversy.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitharam Yechury also indicated, in New Delhi, that action could be taken.

“The process of correction of whatever decision has been taken has been initiated. The state Secretariat will be meeting on October 14 at Thiruvananthapuram,” Yechury told reporters in New Delhi.

Asked if any action will be taken, he said “certainly”.

KPCC president V M Sudheeran said Jayarajan should either resign or he should be removed from the post. The matter cannot be viewed as an internal issue of the party, he told reporters here.

Congress will take out a march to the Assembly on October 17, when the House re-assembles after Pooja holidays, he said.

Congress and BJP leaders have also written to Vigilance Director seeking action against Jayarajan.

Vigilance is understood to have sought legal opinion.

Jayarajan had appointed his nephew P K Sudheer, who is the son of Kannur MP, P K Sreemathy, as the Managing Director of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd early this month. However, when the matter became controversial, the appointment was cancelled by the government.

Deepthi Nishad, another close relative of Jayarajan, today resigned as the General Manager of Kerala Clays and Ceramic Products Ltd in Kannur. 
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