I am a member of CPM Central Committee. I discussed this with our party leadership.. We collectively decided not to accept the award.. It is a big award. However, it is provided by a charitable organization from the Philippines. Usually they oppose communist ideology… I thanked the foundation for considering my name in this year’s award selection… I informed them of my decision.’ Said former minister Shailaja. Explaining this, he said that it should not be seen as denying the respect due to the entire state. She reminded that political leaders were never nominated for the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the past.
CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri said. Shailaja was personally selected for the award.. but she did not succeed alone in her efforts against Covid-19.. Usually political leaders are not selected for the Magsaysay awards.. Ramon Magsaysay was anti-communist. Moreover, the CPM dismissed speculations that the party leadership had forced Shailaja to decline the Magsaysay award because of the growing popularity of her and the perception that she was a budding leader who could one day replace Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.