The Left Democratic Front government headed by Pinarayi Vijayan has reportedly decided to appoint former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan as Chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission with Cabinet rank.
A formal order will be issued after the State Assembly passes a law to exempt the proposed post from the definition of office of profit, so as to protect Mr. Achuthanandan’s membership in the house.
It is well-known that the State party leadership did not want Mr. Achuthanandan to contest the election in 2006 but gave in under pressure from the central leadership, which intervened following a public outcry by his supporters. Having failed to stop his entry into the Assembly and election as party leader, the State party placed severe restrictions on him. It made sure that the key portfolios of Home and Vigilance were with ministers of its choice. It intervened in the working of the government from time to time and foiled his initiatives that it did not approve of. The attempt to evict encroachers from Munnar was one of them.