Kerala chief minister asked to drop three close aides

December 30th, 2008 - 10:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 30 (IANS) The Kerala unit of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday asked Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan to drop three of his close aides. A CPI-M leader, who participated in the state committee meeting of the party, told IANS that it has been decided to ask the three close aides to leave.

“The three - Information Technology advisor Joseph C. Mathew, senior government counsel Anil Kumar and Inland Navigation advisor Rear Admiral B.R. Menon - will be asked to leave but Achuthanandan’s private secretary S. Rajendran will continue in his post,” he said.

Achuthanandan is reported to have demanded that if the three be asked to quit, then Rajendran should also be asked to go, but both the party’s state secretariat and the state committee rejected his demand due to the majority enjoyed by the faction of state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in both, party sources said.

Early this month, Kerala bureaucrat K. Suresh Kumar, who criticised Rajendran for not helping out the Chief Minister, was suspended from service after Vijayan’s faction saw red over his remarks.

K.M. Shahjahan, another close aide of Achuthanandan, was thrown out of the party in 2006 for his alleged role in aggravating the factional feud in the party.

He was private secretary to Achuthanandan when he was Leader of Opposition from 2001-06.

With this latest move, the Vijayan faction has successfully clipped the wings of Achuthanandan and all eyes are on the chief minister to see how he responds.

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