Daughter of senior Kerala CPIM leader fired from Government job, allegedly after her son attended BJP led rally

Asha Lawrence the daughter of Kerala CPIM leader MM Lawrence, has reportedly been asked to leave her Government job at  Small Industries Development Corporation Limited (SIDCO), after her son was caught on camera at a protest march led by BJP against SC’s Sabarimala verdict.

Asha Lawrence has alleged that on Thursday, she received a call from SIDCO, MD, KB Jayakumar, asking to stop coming after Friday. However she is yet to a receive a written letter.

Asha is certain that the latest development is a result of her son attending the BJP led rally. However, SIDCO MD KB Jayakumar, has a different version of what transpired. According to him, Asha was a daily wage worker and not a permanent employee, and hence the organization may ask her to not come, when her services are not needed.

“Asha is a daily wage worker, not a permanent employee. As such, she is asked to work on the days where her work is required. Her manager has the right to tell her not to come for a couple of days if her work is not required, and I am not aware if this is the case,” he said. Though Asha Lawrence asserts that she has been working regularly at SIDCO, since 2016.

Asha Lawrence has also spoken about another case at the workplace, which she believes has been affected by the incident. Sometime back, she had lodged a complaint to the police and the organization, against Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s sister-in-law, for speaking with her in insulting manner and making baseless allegations. As per the complaint, the accused woman had alleged Asha of calling young men on phone.

“[She] had been speaking to and about me in a very insulting manner, making false allegations that I, being a divorcee with no family, was calling young men on the phone and other things,” Asha Lawrence said. According to her, back then the MD had taken serious note of the complaints and had ensured of taking steps about it. But now after the images of her son at a BJP rally surfaced, the MD who was appointed at the post by CPIM supporters, seems to have changed his mind.

“At that time, the MD had said that this harassment case needed to be investigated, and was a serious case that needed to be looked into by the police. They kept saying that action would be taken today, taken tomorrow, but no action has been taken so far and I am just made to run around,” she said.

“Ever since the rally, the MD’s behaviour towards me has changed, his treatment of me is surly, completely different than before. The MD told me that the ‘situation’ around this [harassment] case has changed. The MD it seems cannot make a decision in this case in favour of someone who allegedly has the support of the BJP [due to her son’s involvement in the Sabarimala rally]. It was the decision of CPI(M) members to appoint the MD to his seat, and if he supports me in this case now, he is afraid his seat will go,” she further added.

Supporting her son’s decision of attending the BJP rally, she said, “He attended it because he is a strong Ayyappa devotee, I also am. We both do feel opposed to the Supreme Court verdict. He is about to turn 18 and he has the right to attend any rally to express his opinion.”