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It is the first time in the history of independent India that a minister from the CPI(M) has had to resign after facing corruption charges.
EP Jayarajan, the Industrial Minister of Kerala, has resigned from the Cabinet as his party, CPIM, took a stern stand on the recent allegations of nepotism raised against him. The state secretariat of CPIM criticised his decision to appoint his relatives on key positions of various corporations under the government since it has torpedoed the party’s proclaimed stand against corruption. It is for the first time in the history of CPIM that a minister resigns to face corruption charges.
EP Jayarajan was the ‘fundraiser’ of the party, who kept good connections with some ‘infamous’ business personalities from Kerala.
Secretariat has found that Jayarajan took the decisions without the minimum diligence that a person in his position must uphold. CPIM state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and the Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan also didn’t support Jayarajan and stood with the secretariat’s demand for his resignation.
Current chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan is the first member of Communist party of India who faced prosecution regarding corruption related accusation. He faced corruption allegations after he had completed his tenure as the electricity minister of Kerala. But the court acquitted him after long trials and controversies.
Anyhow later the charges against Pinarayi was called off and now party came up with a bold decision by removing EP Jayarajan to face the allegation.
EP Jayarajan was making International headlines months about because of his comments on late boxer Mohammed Ali
His corruption allegation on Arjuna award winner Anju Bobby George also made news back then