THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Congress-led opposition in Kerala on Thursday objected to the possible re-induction of CPI-M leader E.P. Jayarajan into the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet.
On October 14, 2016, just four months after becoming a Minister, he had to quit following charges that he appointed close relatives in a top post in a state-run PSU.
After he resigned, the vigilance department launched a probe. Last year the court cleared him of all the charges. Since then he and his supporters have been rooting for his return to the ministry.
A special meeting of the CPI-M state committee is scheduled for Friday. This has sparked speculation that Jayarajan will be brought back to the cabinet as part of a ministerial reshuffle.
Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said the re-induction of Jayarajan as a Minister would be immoral.
With Jayarajan being the senior most among CPI-M ministers, his re-induction, if it takes place, could make him the acting head of the government when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan goes abroad.