KANNUR: With CMP leader M V Raghavan exerting pressure on the UDF government to dissolve the CPM-dominated governing body of the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital (PMCH) Society here, politics in the northern region of the state is likely to turn turbulent in the coming days.
M V Raghavan, despite his failing health, has already come out in the open against the lack of determination of the UDF government to take over the administration of the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital Society.
His latest tirade against the government and Cooperation Minister C N Balakrishnan came when the latter disclosed during an interaction with the
media here that the UDF government had no plan
to dissolve the director-board of the PMCH Society.
The minister also made it clear that the report of an inquiry committee formed to look into the functioning of the PMCH recently had made no recommendation to dismiss the present governing body headed by CPM leader M V Jayarajan.
“The government so far hasn’t discussed the issue of dissolving the director-board of the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital Society Society, and the inquiry committee set up to look into the affairs of the society hasn’t made any such proposal,” said the Minister.
Incidentally, he came up with his blunt response when the CMP leader was repeating his threat to pull out his party from the UDF, stating that the leaders of the UDF hadn’t kept their word on this issue and on allotting chairmanships of corporations to the nominees of his party. He had already told Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that his party wasn’t satisfied with ‘the pittance offered to it while the administration of corporations was being assigned to the constituents of the UDF.
He had even announced the intention of his party to pull out of the UDF. An irate Raghavan has temporarily been pacified by Oommen Chandy, but the Cooperation Minister’s announcement on the PMCH society and the subsequent sharp response to it by the
CMP leader have given a new turn to the whole controversy.
It is known that much of the Left politics in the Malabar region revolves around the administration of cooperative banks and institutions founded by cooperative bodies.
Political parties, mainly the Congress and the CPM, make it an agenda to take control of these powerful cooperative bodies
whenever the ruling establishment changes in the state consequent on elections.
Unfortunately for Kannur, the fight to take over control of prestigious cooperative institutions between the UDF and the LDF had often triggered a series of violence in the past.
In fact, much of the law and order issues in this part of the state had their origin in the tussle over the control of cooperative bodies. And the Pariyanam Medical College Hospital Society tops the list.
Whether Chandy would concede the demand for dissolution of the elected governing body of the PMCH Society is not clear. And so is M V Raghavan’s decision to walk off the United Democratic Front.