Four removed from Visha Chikitsa Society director board

The Pappinissery Visha Chikitsa Society (PVCS) founded by ailing Communist Marxist Party (CMP) leader M.V. Raghavan over five decades ago has been caught in the middle of the rift in the party between the factions led by C.P. John and K.R. Aravindakshan.

The removal of four members from the director board of the society and induction of three new members are seen as the fallout of the rift within the CMP. The society with Mr. Raghavan as its president controls five institutions — the Visha Chikitsa Kendram at Pappinissery, Parassinikkadavu Ayurveda Medical College, Ayurveda medical college hospital, the Ayurveda Pharmacy and the Snake Park. The ailing founder is no longer in charge of the administration of the society and the institutions it runs.

Mr. Raghavan’s eldest son M.V. Girish Kumar was elected president in-charge on October 23 last year. Mr. Kumar, who is close to Mr. John and CMP Polit Bureau member C.A. Ajeer, replaced Mr. Raghavan’s son-in-law E. Kunhiraman, who is among the veteran leaders’ family members supporting the faction led by Mr. Aravindakshan. Mr. Kunhiraman had been in charge of the society’s administration ever since Mr. Raghavan ceased to be active.

Division in family

The removal of Mr. Kunhiraman from the director board by the board headed by Mr. Kumar has brought to the fore the division in Mr. Raghavan’s family over the society, which was established as a charitable society. The removal of Mr. Kunhiraman along with M.V. Kannan was ratified, according to Mr. Kumar, by the general body meeting held on January 21. Mr. Kumar’s maternal uncle C.V. Raveendran was inducted as a new member in the board. Earlier the director board, in which the pro-C.P. John faction has majority, had removed Mr. Raghavan’s son M.V. Nikesh Kumar, who is the Managing Director of the Reporter TV, and Kiran G., son of Mr. Kunhiraman, from the board and inducted P. Shivadasan and M.V. Prakashan.

When contacted, Mr. Girish Kumar said that the removal and induction of the members in the director board had nothing to do with the rift in the party. The society started by his father was by no means linked with the CMP, though a few close leaders of the CMP were in the board, he said.

The removal of the four director board members was as per the bylaw of the society, he said adding that absence of a member from the board meeting for three consecutive meetings attracted removal action.

When contacted, Mr. Kunhiraman declined to comment on the issue.

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