KK Shailaja On Exclusion From New Kerala Cabinet: Policy Decision

KK Shailaja On Exclusion From New Kerala Cabinet: Policy Decision


KK Shailaja will be party Whip

KK Shailaja, former Kerala Chief Minister, today denied any disappointment at being kept out of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's new cabinet, saying it was a "policy decision" of the party that she accepted.

After a historic win in the recent Kerala election, the CPM has decided to drop all previous ministers, including KK Shailaja or "Shailaja Teacher", who won global recognition for her work in Covid management.

The new cabinet will have mostly first-time ministers, the Chief Minister being the exception.

Shailaja will be party Whip.

"It is a policy decision of our party. So according to that decision, I also decided to quit," the 64-year-old told NDTV.

Acknowledging the outpouring on social media protesting against the decision, she said: "That's all emotional." She was a first-time minister too, she pointed out.

"Everyone… when they get a new responsibility they are freshers and newcomers. We have to give others a chance too. Here are so many workers in our party, if they get the opportunity, they will also work hard," said Shailaja.

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