Thiruvananthapuram: Following the furore over a 'failed' cabinet meet, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed all ministers to stay in the state capital for at least five days a week.
The directive came as the CM was forced to postpone a special meeting of the state cabinet due to lack of quorum. Thirteen ministers of the 19-member cabinet failed to turn up for the meeting on Friday.
The agenda of the Cabinet meeting was to renew the ordinances which were about to lapse. The cabinet is meeting on Monday for the purpose.
CPI's four ministers were away in Wayanad attending the party's district meet. The other ministers had programs in their respective districts.
The regular Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday had scheduled the special cabinet on Friday to extend the validity of 19 ordinances.
Ordinances lapse six weeks after the start of an Assembly session. Though this time period has not elapsed since the past session [which ended recently] there are no legal obstacles to renewing the ordinances, as per the law department. The special cabinet meeting was scheduled following this advice.
Following this, leader of the opposition Ramesh Chennithala had said that it was a shame that ministers failed to turn up for a scheduled cabinet meeting.
"The Cabinet cannot take decisions. The state has never witnessed such a shocking situation before," he added.
"Ministers are more interested in taking part in party meetings rather than carrying out their administrative responsibilities. It was highly deplorable that the Ordinances could not be renewed," he said.
The chief minister had earlier said ministers would be present in the state capital five days a week. "Now, by being absent at even Cabinet meetings, the ministers have proved that they are unfit to rule the state," he said.