India's January CPI inflation moderated to 5.1 per cent, in line with expectations, while core inflation remained subdued at 3.5 per cent.
Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government in Kerala has come under attack at the state council meeting of the Communist Party of India (CPI) over its lavish spending and financial indiscipline.
The state council on Saturday accused the CPI-M-led government of lavish spending and financial indiscipline. Senior CPI leader VP Unnikrishnan accused the Pinarayi Vijayan government of spending crores of rupees for the maintenance of cattle shed at the Chief Minister’s official residence while the state was facing a severe financial crisis.
The CPI council members alleged that the state budget presented by Finance Minister KN Balagopal lacked proper allocation for the Food Department, a portfolio held by the party.
Senior party leader and Food Minister G R Anil’s wife, Latha Devi, had mocked the state government by saying that her husband is tired of writing letters to CM Vijayan seeking funds for his department
The meeting raised concerns over government’s decisions, particularly regarding the issue of foreign universities, which were deemed as deviating from leftist principles
CPI State Secretary Binoy Vishwam said the criticism that CPI-M has shown a radical shift in the Left Front policies on the issue of foreign universities, will be brought to the notice of the Left Front.
The CPI members also expressed their disappointment for not conducting pre-budget consultations with Ministers.