Although Kerala Health Minister K.K.Shailaja heaved a sigh of relief following the Kerala High court expunging adverse remarks on her in the case related to appointment to the state child rights commission, she came in for fresh criticism on Saturday from CPI, the second largest partner in the CPM led ruling front.
CPI state leadership has lodged a formal complaint in this regard to CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. It is alleged that Health Minister Shailaja royally ignored suggestions by CPI regarding reconstituting the child rights commission. The party had forwarded to the minister a panel of names for being appointed to the commission. But the recommendation by CPI was not considered by the minister, it is alleged.Two names had been forwarded by CPI who were not called for interview for appointment to the commission.
The Health Minister's office however denied any complaint by CPI. The minister was totally in the dark of any reservation on the part of CPI leadership on the appointment to the child rights commission.
The Congress led opposition has been pressing for the Health Minister's resignation following alleged nepotism in appointment. The charge is that she appointed as member of the commission a CPM activist with dubious background.