New Delhi: Five months after the row over nepotism by some top CPM leaders served a severe blow to the Left government in Kerala, the party central committee Wednesday censured those responsible for the embarrassing situation.
The central committee censured E.P. Jayarajan and P.K. Sreemathi despite strong opposition from the party state unit against disciplinary action against them. Sources said party general secretary Sitaram Yechury took a stern stance that action should be taken against the leaders as there should be zero-tolerance towards corruption.
Party veteran and Kerala Administrative Reforms Committee chairman V.S. Achuthanandan hailed the action saying any move against corruption was welcome.
Notably, the party resorted to the mildest disciplinary action against the leaders who put the party and its government in the dock in its early days.
The party politburo had recently found that Jayarajan and Sreemathi committed grave errors by appointing their relatives to plum posts in public sector units. The PB had decided to take action against them only after hearing their explanation. Following this, Sreemathi attended the Central Committee and gave an explanation while Jayarajan was absent as he has gone on leave.
The state unit argued that Jayarajan's resignation following the controversy should be viewed as a serious disciplinary action.
Jayarajan resigned as industries and sports minister in October after it was found that he had appointed his nephew Sudheer Nambiar, who is also the son of Sreemathi, as the head of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Limited. Jayarajan had also appointed his relative Deepthi Nishad as the general manager of Kerala Clays and Ceramics.