THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The UDF leaders’ meet held here on Tuesday has given the green signal once again to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to take an appropriate decision on the demand of Kerala Congress (B) to reinduct K B Ganesh Kumar as a minister in the UDF Government.
KC(B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai raised the issue well before the agenda for the meet was taken up, seeking a quick decision.
All the participants at the meet felt that Chandy himself can take a decision which he deemed fit.
That the Chief Minister had stated during LS campaign days that a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards had emboldened Balakrishna Pillai , who had been making the demand for quite some time.
The Kerala Congress (B) leader has reportedly warned the Chief Minister during their talks held earlier in the day that he will see to it that his son resigned his Assembly membership if a decision on his ministership is not taken before May 31, and swearing-in is held well ahead of the assembly session slated from June 9.
He also said that his party would not attend the UDF meets henceforth .
The resignation threat was often made by Balakrishna Pillai in the past few months, but was kept low at the LS poll time.
The ‘I’ faction of the Congress was always maintaining that Ganesh Kumar needn’t be inducted again. Since the number of cabinet ranked ministers could not be taken above the existing 21, entry of Ganesh would automatically lead to the exit of an ‘I’ camp nominee from the cabinet.
Ramesh Chennithala, who leads the ‘I’ group , was inducted as Home Minister in the slot lying vacant after the resignation of Ganesh Kumar.