THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) is most likely to give the Ports portfolio to the Kerala Congress P.C. Thomas-faction nominee to the Cabinet, V. Surendran Pillai, as it is having second thoughts on giving him charge of the Sports department at this juncture.
The party has taken into account the several major commitments that the department has undertaken, including preparations for integrating sports and physical education with the school curriculum and the massive infrastructure projects being undertaken for the 35th National Games at an estimated outlay of Rs.500 crore.
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister M. Vijayakumar, who also holds the Ports portfolio now, has done much work on both the fronts in close coordination with the Kerala State Sports Council. The general feeling among the sports administrators is that a change of guard at this juncture will not help matters. This feeling was communicated to the CPI(M) leadership by persons involved in either process.