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Governance in Kerala has come to standstill, says Congress

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

With Vijayan away in the United State for treatment and none given the charge of the post, the governance has come to a standstill in Kerala, said the opposition on Tuesday.

The convention in is that the Cabinet meets every Wednesday.

Speaking to the media here, Ramesh Chennithala, the of Opposition in Assembly, said the state is passing through a difficult time as there has been no Cabinet meeting ever since Vijayan left for the US on September 2.

"This is happening because Vijayan has not given charge to any other This is similar to what happened in when then was in hospital," said Chennithala.

He said never had to face such a situation before.

While no one has been officially given the charge, the de facto is E.P. Jayarajan, as he is the one who is currently accepting donations to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund, after Kerala was hit by one of the worst-ever floods last month.

"We are hearing that senior Cabinet ministers from CPI-M are unhappy with unofficial handing over of the charge to Jayarajan. The CPI is also understood to be unhappy over the way things are moving in the state," added Chennithala.

Among the CPI-M Ministers, while Jayarajan is a senior member of the party, state's and have much wider experience as ministers, unlike Jayarajan who has only an year's experience.

"The sanctity of Cabinet is being questioned, as very crucial decisions regarding the rebuilding of Kerala in the aftermath of the worst-ever floods is being taken by a sub-committee of ministers. Such crucial decisions will not pass muster with any court, if someone contests," said the

As per the of Vijayan, he is expected to return after undergoing treatment for a "mystery illness" on September 19.



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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 19:20 IST