THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came to the fore rejecting P K Sreemathy in the controversy over the appointment of relatives. Pinarayi said that he was not aware of the appointment of her daughter-in-law in the personal staff. Sreemathy Teacher had posted in her Facebook page that her daughter-in-law was included in the personal staff with the consent of the party and her appointment was later cancelled. She later withdrew her statement from the Facebook.
Pinarayi said that on the basis of the party’s assessment that the appointment was wrong, it was withdrawn. A minister has the right to appoint three persons. Meantime, it is not necessary for the party to know who all they are. Giving her promotion was found to be improper. Following that, her appointment was cancelled, the then party secretary Pinarayi said.
Meantime, when asked whether the issue has stained the image of the government, senior leader V S Achuthanandan said ‘yes’. However Pinarayi said that it was the opinion of the UDF. UDF is not LDF and CPM is not congress, he said. A serious issue has been cropped up now. A decision would be taken after holding discussions, he said.