KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a petition seeking to declare that Pinarayi Vijayan is disentitled to continue as Chief Minister, to Tuesday. The petition, filed by R S Sasikumar, former syndicate member of Kerala University, stated the ministry has lost the collective responsibility with a former Minister in the Cabinet approaching the court against the report of the Alappuzha District Collector.
The petitioner approached the court citing the High Court order dismissing the plea of Thomas Chandy. The HC Bench had observed when ministers start expressing or questioning the decision of another minister or that of the Council of Ministers, the concept of collective responsibility will come to an end and the government will lose its constitutional mandate to continue in office.
The petitioner also stated four CPI Ministers had abstained from participating in the Cabinet meeting on November 15. The conduct of the four ministers had constituted open declaration of lack of faith in the Chief Minister, who is the leader of the Cabinet, apart from losing the concept of collective responsibility of the Cabinet.