Mayor to approach KPCC leadership

Soumini Jain

Soumini Jain   | Photo Credit: H. Vibhu


Soumini Jain to present fact-sheet on her performance

Defending her political and administrative decisions, Mayor Soumini Jain will soon approach the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) leadership with a fact-sheet on her performance.

The move comes in the wake of a few party functionaries and legislators publicly holding her responsible for the alleged failure of the civic administration and the low margin of Congress candidate T.J. Vinod in the Ernakulam bypoll.

The party decided to field Mr. Vinod as its candidate for the bypoll in recognition of his performance as Deputy Mayor and also to encash on the goodwill of the civic administration. The civic administration, which includes Mr. Vinod in his role as Deputy Mayor, is collectively responsible for all the good work, and one person cannot be singled out for the alleged failures on the part of the civic body, she said.

All decisions of the civic administration are taken after discussions, Ms. Jain added.

On the poor maintenance of city roads, including Pandit Karuppan Road, Ms. Jain said Hibi Eden, MP, had earlier publicly held the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) responsible for their delayed repair. Mr. Eden had criticised the authority for its failure to repair the road at a public protest held at its office and also at public meetings held as part of electioneering, she added.

“I fail to understand why Mr. Eden has suddenly changed his stand on the issue. I will brief the KPCC leadership about my stance on other issues,” Ms. Jain said.

Mr. Eden was also responsible for the maintenance of city roads in his earlier capacity as Ernakulam MLA and his new role as MP. Besides the Kochi Corporation, a few other agencies are involved in the upkeep of city roads, she said.

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