Thiruvananthapuram, Might 18
Days after leading the judgment LDF to a stupendous electoral success, CPI (M) veteran Pinarayi Vijayan was on Tuesday chose its Parliamentary Party Leader for a 2nd term as Chief Minister but the omission of ‘rockstar’ health minister KK Shailaja from the brand-new cabinet sparked an argument.
Having won international awards for her deft handling of the very first wave of Covid-19 in Kerala after it reported India’s first case in 2020, Shailaja’s surprise omission drew immediate contrasts with the late KR Gowri Amma, the firebrand Marxist who was when tipped to head the state however never ever did.
Nevertheless, Shailaja, described as a “rockstar health minister” by a section of global media, stated she was not dissatisfied at being denied berth in the brand-new cabinet.
“There is no need to be emotional. I became the minister earlier because of the celebration’s choice. I have outright complete satisfaction in what I have done. I am confident that the new group can carry out better than me,” she stated.
“Not the specific but the system is showcasing the fight versus the pandemic. I more than happy that I could lead the team,” the leader added.
She was, nevertheless, delegated with the position of party whip, a CPI(M) statement stated here, even as the party took the position that all members other than the Chief Minister must be fresh faces in the new cabinet.
Among the fresh faces is Vijayan’s son-in-law P A Mohammed Riyas.
The state committee of the Marxist party chose 11 betters including two women as its ministers in the new federal government which would be sworn-in on Might 20 at the Central Stadium here in adherence to Covid-19 procedure.
The state committee, which fulfilled at its headquarters AKG Centre, chose Vijayan to lead the party, the statement said.
Vijayan had actually scripted history in the April 6 Assembly polls by leading the judgment Left front to a consecutive term, bucking the over four-decade-old pattern in the state of individuals choosing between the Communists and Congress-led federal governments alternatively.
Though it was practically sure that no ministers in the previous VIjayan government would discover a place in his brand-new cabinet, Shailaja was expected to be offered an exemption by the party, as the state is reeling under the second wave of the pandemic.
She had won the polls with the highest margin of 60,963 votes from Mattannur in Kannur.
The media, during the election, had actually even projected her as the first woman chief minister of the state in future.
Belying all expectations, Shailaja was not included in the brand-new ministry.
Hailed as ‘rockstar health minister’ by the international media for her able leadership, effective crisis management and grew intervention in jailing the very first wave of Covid-19 in the state, Shailaja’s non-inclusion raised many eyebrows crossing celebration lines.
A retired school teacher, she had actually done a commendable job in including the covid rise in the state in 2015 and likewise during the Nipah virus break out in 2018 and 2019.
Social media users reacted dramatically to the omission of the 64-year-old leader, widely called “Shailaja Teacher” or “Instructor Amma” among her admirers.
They pointed out that it would not be excellent to change the minister as Kerala was experiencing an extraordinary rise in coronavirus cases.
There were many who set up her photos as their WhatsApp status, in an evident act of extending uniformity with her.
Some comparedShailaja being dropped from the cabinet with the way in which late Gowri Amma was apparently denied chief ministership in the eleventh hour in 1987.
Though forecasted as a CM candidate throughout the then elections, Gowri Amma was supposedly sidelined by the party which preferred E K Nayanar for the top post.
Though critics and media declared that Shailaja was sidelined, CPI(M) took the position that all ministers other than the Chief Minister should be fresh faces in the new cabinet.
So had actually been the case with T M Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister in the outbound cabinet, to name a few who had not been offered a chance as they were elected two times consecutively, celebration sources said.
The dropping of Isaac, a known Left intellectual and a finance management professional, had actually also come as a shock for numerous consisting of grassroot level celebration employees.
Sources stated the party wanted to evolve a 2nd generation of leaders in parliamentary politics and provide more severe chances.
They also claimed that the new cabinet would be a right blend of experienced seniors and children.
Celebration main committee member M V Govindan, former Rajya Sabha MPs P Rajeev and K N Balagopal, senior leaders K Radhakrishnan, V N Vasavan, Saji Cheriyan and V Sivankutty are amongst those inducted in Vijayan’s second cabinet.
Veena George and R Bindhu, partner of CPI(M) acting secretary A Vijayaraghavan, would be the females members in the new ministry.
Riyas, Vijayan’s son-in-law and national president of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), likewise managed to discover a cabinet berth.
The state committee meeting, chaired by senior leader Elamaram Kareem, chose M B Rajesh, who wrested the Thirthala seat from Congress’s V T Balaram, as the celebration candidate for the post of Speaker.
The conference, attended by polit bureau members S Ramachandran Pillai, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, M A Baby besides Vijayan, also electedsenior leader and previous minister T P Ramakrishnan as the parliamentary party secretary.
Meanwhile, taking a hint from the CPI(M), ally CPI alsonominated fresh faces to the cabinet.
Freshly chosen MLAs K Rajan, P Prasad, J Chinchu Rani and G R Anil were its choice in the union federal government.
Senior celebration leader and Adoor MLA Chittayam Gopakumar has actually been chosen to the post of deputy speaker, the celebration said.– PTI