Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister V Muraleedharan has voiced strong criticism following the Supreme Court’s verdict on the reappointment of Kannur University’s Vice Chancellor, stating that it serves as a backlash for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s alleged nepotism and corruption. Muraleedharan, addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram, asserted that the Chief Minister’s influence had led to actions that have now boomeranged.
The minister questioned whether the CPI(M) is willing to tolerate a corrupt leader. He challenged the Marxist party to demonstrate the courage to make decisions by upholding morality.
Highlighting the court’s assertion that even the initial appointment of the Vice Chancellor was flawed, Muraleedharan pointed out the irony of the CPI(M), which claims to oppose nepotism as corruption, now maintaining silence on the matter.
Muraleedharan went on to criticize the opposition for allegedly shielding Pinarayi Vijayan from accountability and accused VD Satheesan of being more protective of the Chief Minister than CP(M leaders. The Union Minister questioned the opposition leader’s reluctance to take a firm stance against Vijayan, emphasizing that public opinion may lean towards resignation even if both ruling and opposition parties decide otherwise.