To Regain ‘Grip’ on Administration, Senior CPM Leader Made PS to Kerala CM


Thiruvananthapuram: Senior CPM leader of Kerala M V Jayarajan on Monday assumed charge as Private Secretary to State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Jayarajan, a member of the party state committee and two-time MLA, had served as Chairman of Pariyaram Medical College, Lottery Workers’ Welfare Board and also as a non-official member of Kerala State Electricity Board, sources in the Chief Minister’s office said.

A party strongman from Kannur district, Jayarajan had also worked as DYFI State Secretary and DYFI all-India Joint secretary.

The move has been viewed as an attempt to bring in greater political content to the functioning of the Chief Minister’s office, which has been functioning without a politically important second-in-command till now.

The CPM state leadership, of late, has been a little worried about the slow movement of files, possibly on account of the strained relationship between the CMO and the bureaucracy and the Government Secretariat employees owing to issues like Vigilance investigations against a few senior officers, and the decision to constitute the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS).