Thiruvanantapuram: Municipal corporation mayor Arya Rajendran told the CPM district leadership that the purported letter seeking a ‘priority list’ for filling temporary vacancies in the local body was not prepared by her. She explained it to the CPM district secretary, to whom the original letter was addressed.
Arya said she would file a complaint with the police to look into it. She is likely to meet chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to explain the matter.
On Saturday, two letters, allegedly written by Arya and CPM councillor DR Anil, addressed to Anavoor Nagappan, had reportedly leaked to the media from the party’s local-level WhatsApp groups. In the letters, the duo sought names from party leadership to fill the upcoming 300+ vacancies at the corporation and the SIT hospital.
The opposition then demanded the resignation of the mayor. She has not spoken to the media regarding this yet. However, the party said she was in New Delhi on the date given in the letter to claim her innocence. They also argued that the signature was different.
Meanwhile, Nagappan protected Arya and clarified that the party would not ask her to step down from the post. Upon being asked if the letter was forged, he said he didn’t know about it. However, he reiterated that he had not received any such letters.
The government has decided to transfer the recruitment to the employment exchange after the controversy erupted.