Party gives clean chit to Anthoor municipal chairperson
The CPI(M) State committee has reiterated its resolve to distance itself from the sexual harassment charges levelled against Binoy Kodiyeri and also gave a clean chit to Anthoor municipal chairperson P.K. Shyamala, who is facing public ire following the death of an NRI investor.
Briefing reporters about the decisions of the two-day State committee meeting that concluded here on Monday, CPI(M) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the committee had ratified the secretariat decision not to intervene or help his son. Binoy has sought legal recourse on the issue. Mr. Balakrishnan clarified that he got information about the case only on receiving a legal notice at his residence and had not attempted for a compromise.
His wife had been to Mumbai to get a grasp of the issue and had interacted with a lawyer who acted as an intermediary, but neither he nor the party had intervened in the issue. He reported the secretariat decision at the State committee and it was ratified.
The committee felt that there was no lapse on the part of Ms. Shyamala in granting the mandatory approval for the NRI who constructed an auditorium. The chairperson did not wield the authority to review the decision of the secretary. She had offered to quit to prove her innocence, but the resignation issue did not figure at the meeting, Mr. Balakrishnan said.
The committee approved the government decision to curb the powers of local body secretaries, whom it felt were now positioned above the elected members. Since the police, the Local Self-Government Department and the High Court had initiated an inquiry, the outcome could be awaited, he said.
Party to engage voters
The committee that discussed and approved the Lok Sabha election review reports of the central and State committees, decided to hold regional general body of party workers comprising district, area and local committee members in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5, in Ernakulam on July 3, and in Kozhikode on July 4.
Elected representatives of the party, State secretariat and committee members would conduct house visits from July 22 to 28 to interact with voters and gather their views. Family get-togethers would be organised in August to further reach out to sympathisers and fellow travellers, he said.
The party has 5,14,781 members in the State at present. This was 25,695 more than the number of members enrolled last year. Following the merger of the Communist Marxist Party led by G. Sugunan with the CPI(M), 3,160 members have come to the party fold. The committee decided to integrate them with the party, he said.
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