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Saturday, 28 November 2020 11.15 AM IST

Kodiyeri’s decision a ‘belated wisdom’, says Chennithala


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Welcoming the decision of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan to quit as CPM state secretary, the Congress on Friday said it would be even better if Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan too steps down at the earliest. Speaking to the media, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala termed Kodiyeri’s decision as a belated wisdom. He said never in the history of the CPM have they been in such a position where Pinarayi’s office is caught in various cases, including gold smuggling and other scams and Kodiyeri’s son in jail in alleged drug case.

"How long have we been demanding that both Kodiyeri and Pinarayi quit. Kodiyeri saying he needs leave for medical treatment is a bluff as he never sought leave when he went for treatment to the US.

"Pinarayi’s turn has now come and its better he also quits immediately, if not he will have to bow out in shame," said Chennithala.

The Customs Department had arrested P S Sarith, a former employee of the UAE Consulate here, on July 5 for allegedly smuggling gold in a diplomatic baggage destined for the Consulate. Another former Consulate staff Swapna Suresh and her associate Sandeep Nair were arrested by the National Investigation Agency from Bengaluru.

Pinarayi first removed M Sivasankar as his Principal Secretary and then as IT Secretary after it allegedly surfaced that Swapna and Sivasankar were close friends.

Trouble doubled for Pinarayi after his man-Friday C M Ravindran, his assistant private secretary was asked to appear before the ED, but since he turned Covid positive, he is yet to appear before the ED.

ED might summon more people attached to the CM office, reports say.

Two time former Congress Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that Kodiyeri could have quit much before and had he done that, the image would not have been this sullied.

"People by now have realised that all what has come up is not mere allegations, but a reality," said Chandy.

Though Kodiyeri and Pinarayi both hail from Kannur and have had the best of relations, but things soured after Bineesh ran into trouble and Kodiyeri was peeved with Pinarayi for failing to come to his aid.

Popular media critic Jayashankar said the choice of Vijayaraghavan does not augur well as there are more seasoned veterans who were more apt for the post.

But with Kodiyeri bowing out, all eyes are on Pinarayi, as he too has medical problems and was in the US for treatment and many see the former has played a fast one and did it to put pressure on the latter whose former secretary is in jail and Ravindran expected to appear before ED, once he turns COVID negative.

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