KOCHI: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to disband the Planning Commission as undemocratic, former Union Cabinet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said that if it was implemented the Prime Minister’s Office would have the absolute power.
Speaking at the ‘Meet the Press’ program organised by the Ernakulam Press Club on Sunday, Ravi said that disbanding of the Commission would likely bring the country to an autocratic set up.
He said that the nation had developed as a planned economy due to the formation of the Planning Commission.
Refuting the findings of the A K Antony-led panel that minority appeasement was the cause of the Congress’s poll debacle, Ravi said that the UPA Government had not done anything to appease the minority. “I have not gone through the report submitted by the Antony panel,” he said.
When asked whether he would return to the Kerala politics, Ravi said that he would consider doing so.
“At present, there is very little unrest in the UDF in Kerala. The Chief Minister should take a decision on Cabinet reshuffle, if need, to avoid unnecessary debates,” he added.
Replying to a question on whether he would like to be the Chief Minister of Kerala, Ravi said he would reveal his wish later.
Vayalar Ravi further pointed out that he was not expecting a CPM-CPI merger in the State as they had split from a single party.