A minister in the former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan's cabinet on Wednesday said the present Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government is a dismal failure and the Chief Minister "is behaving like Prime Minister Narendra Modi".
Addressing reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, Lok Sabha member from Kollam N.K. Premachandran, who was the Water Resources Minister in the Achuthanandan cabinet for five years, said that his government was far better than the present nine-month-old Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left administration.
The Vijayan government so far has been a dismal failure, he added.
"Achuthanandan gave his ministers absolute freedom, while Vijayan is behaving like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as if he is the supreme leader. There is no collective responsibility in the cabinet. Like Modi, Vijayan also does not take any of his ministers into confidence and dabbles in every department," said Premachandran.
Premachandran belongs to the Revolutionary Socialist Party, an ally of the Left Democratic Front, but he crossed over to the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Contesting from the Kollam Lok Sabha constitguency, he trounced CPI-M politburo member and then sitting legislator M.A. Baby.
"Governance in Kerala under Vijayan has come to a standstill as he is interfering in every department. There is a disconnect between the bureaucracy and the police top brass," the former minister said.
"Vijayan met with Modi and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and they discussed ration issues, while the state Food and Civil Supplies Minister was neither conferred with nor taken to Delhi. I doubt if such a thing has ever happened," he said.