Left parties talk of doing politics based on high political values, but when the opportunity comes, they do not live up to these values. Like other political parties, dynasticism has begun to dominate the Left. Not only this, internal democracy is ending within the party and in Kerala the party is focused on one person whose decisions cannot be questioned.
The Left parties have set a new record by continuously coming back to power in Kerala after 40 years. But Pinarayi Vijayan, who became the Chief Minister again, is surrounded by his son-in-law PA Mohammad Riaz. However, in the last tenure, the successful Health Minister KK Selja has not been given a place in the cabinet again. Vijayan has come under attack on social media for taking both these decisions but resentment is being expressed within the party as well.
CPI leader Atul Anjan, however, defends Vijayan on the issue, saying that if the son-in-law is capable, then there is no harm in making him a minister. This decision has been taken on the basis of merit. He is an active youth leader. It cannot be seen as dominating nepotism in other parties. Similarly, he has created a new cabinet in which new faces are paid attention to.
On the other hand, sources associated with the party say that it is against the leftist political values for a chief minister to include his son-in-law in the cabinet. Even if the argument is accepted that new faces are being preferred in the cabinet, the selection of son-in-law out of 99 MLAs clearly shows the promotion of familism. This has never happened before.
Experts believe that Pinarayi Vijayan is now the surveyor in the Kerala unit. A second consecutive win has made them stronger. The central leadership is also not in a position to question their decisions in the true sense. But it will have far-reaching effects and such steps will prove to be suicidal in the coming times for the already shrinking leftists. Let me tell you that the Left parties are constantly coming into the question about their decisions. In the recent West Bengal elections, the Left parties, backed by secularism, joined hands with the fundamentalist organization ISF.
Deshkeral: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan engulfed in politics of familism by making son-in-law a minister