CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is powerless as the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is calling the shots.

“Portfolio allocation is the task of the Chief Minister. But IUML State president Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal declared the names of some of the Ministers in the Cabinet. This is unconstitutional,” he told reporters here on Saturday.

Criticising the move to allow private practice by doctors of medical colleges, he said Health Minister Adoor Prakash should reveal the names of people who reportedly met him seeking the facility.