It's a generation change in Kerala CPI-M as veterans get replaced by youngsters

Pinarayi Vijayan (IANS/File photo)

It's a generation change in Kerala CPI-M as veterans get replaced by youngsters

Kochi, March 4, 2022

The 23rd edition of the CPI-M's state party conference on Friday decided to go for a generational shift with the induction of more youngsters as party state office-bearers by replacing all those members, except Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who are aged above 75 years.

The biggest surprise has been the drafting of State Tourism Minister P. A. Mohammed Riyas, son-in-law of Vijayan into the state secretariat.

It was a foregone conclusion that incumbent state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who has been the state secretary, will be given one more three-year term, which would be his last one, as per the rules of the party.

The party had decided that all those leaders aged 75 and above will not be able to sit in the party committees, and hence 13 of its veteran leaders have been dropped from the 88-member state committee. The most surprising choice was Kannur former strongman P.Sasi, who a decade back was dropped following a scandal about alleged misbehaviour with the daughter of a CPI-M leader, was brought back to the state committee.

Sasi was the last word when E. K. Nayanar was the chief minister during 1996-2001. However, he was dropped after the complaint against him was reportedly found to be true.

Seasoned veterans who have been dropped from the state committee because of the age limitas the age bar, includes one of the most popular two-term Ministers -- G. Sudhakaran from Alappuzha. Ahead of the four-day 23rd party conference, he gave a letter to both Vijayan and Balakrishnan about his not being keen for the committee membership.

Other big names who have been dropped are M. M. Mani, Vaikom Viswan, A. Anandan, and P. Karunakaran.

In place of these veterans, A. A. Rahim, Chintha Jerome and 33-year-old V. P. Sanu have been included in the state secretariat.

And another big surprise was the induction of 42-year-old M. Swaraj, one-time legislator, who lost the 2021 Assembly polls, who was named in the powerful state secretariat. The only person younger than him to have been become a member of the secretariat was Pinarayi Vijayan, who was inducted in the secretariat when he was just 41 years old.

Meanwhile two State Ministers V. N. Vasavan and Saji Cherian have also been drafted into the secretariat.

Also included in the 17-member Secretariat is the political secretary to Vijayan- Puthelethu Dineshan. However, one big name that's missing in the list is Kannur strongman P. Jayarajan.


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