What had worked in Gita’s favour then was that she was only an academic at Harvard. The scene has changed now as Gita is set to take up a key position in the International Monitory Fund. The CPM central committee doesn’t approve the economic policies of the IMF and Gita’s continuance in the chief minister’s office (CMO) will lead to further issues in the party. The CPM views IMF as an organization created by the US for propagating neo-liberal economic policies across the globe.
The CM, who was in the US for medical treatment last month, is learnt to have met Gita. But, it is not clear whether she had conveyed to him anything on the possible appointment. Government officials said she was supposed to give a vision document regarding the raising of funds for the rebuilding of flood-hit Kerala and they were waiting for that.
After assuming office, she visited the state capital only twice. On both occasions, she had held talks with the chief minister, finance minister and senior officials. “The agendas pushed by her during those meetings were also neo-liberal. Increasing retirement age and downsizing the government were among them,” said a source who is aware of the discussions held at that time.
Earlier, Gita had endorsed the Union government’s policy to deregulate diesel prices and the controversial land acquisition policy for industrial growth. Both issues had been opposed strongly by the Left parties.