In a major U-turn, the CPM Kannur secretariat has said that Anthoor municipal chairperson PK Shyamala will continue in her post. There were reports that she had submitted her resignation to the party, following the suicide of an expat entrepreneur after he was denied building permit for the convention centre he built on a Rs 15-crore investment.
Shyamala, who was allegedly being shielded by a section in the party and even four staff being made scapegoats and slapped with suspension orders, told media persons nothing about her resignation earlier in the day and said it was for the party district committee to take a decision on her continuance in office. She is the wife of party central committee member MV Govindan.
Party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said at a press conference on Saturday evening that Shyamala had not quit and that her direction to the officials to grant the permit was not followed by the officials.
She had been summoned by the party Kannur district committee which was earlier expected to announce her resignation today.
Shyamala had landed into trouble after the suicide of entrepreneur Sajan last Saturday. He is said to have gone several times to the municipality and was allegedly told her that he would not get the licence as long as she was there.
The party tried to hush up the matter and Local Self Government Minister AC Moideen ordered suspension of four municipal staff including the secretary and claimed that it was a one-off incident.
However, the recent party Taliparamba area committee meeting was highly critical of Shyamala. The district committee had sought her explanation. Not satisfied with her reply, the committee is said to have asked her to submit her resignation which she apparently gave to party district secretary MV Jayarajan.
Party cadre had raised the issue of her refusal to grant permit to the building as adamancy when she in no time had granted permit for building an ayurveda resort after razing to the ground a hillock. The resort is said to be owned by the son of party leader and minister EP Jayarajan.