The disconnect between CPI(M)’s Kerala leadership controlled by Pinarayi Vijayan and V.S. Achuthanandan has again come to the fore with the party virtually admonishing the veteran leader for his stance on issues like T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case and approach towards BJP rebels from Kannur district.
What has angered the party is the open support extended by Mr. Achuthanandan to the demand of Mr. Chandrasekharan’s widow K.K. Rema for a CBI probe into the “conspiracy” behind the murder of her husband in 2012. Mr. Achuthanandan, who continues to be the leader of the LDF opposition in Kerala Assembly and a central committee member of CPI (M), also made some sharp digs at the party’s move to cooperate with a group of rebel BJP workers in the politically volatile Kannur district.
Before moving towards the CPI(M), the BJP rebels had floated a forum called “Namo Vichar Manch”. Mr. Achuthanandan had criticised the party for having anything to do with ex-BJP activists whose initial act was to float a forum in the name of Narendra Modi.
The CPI (M)’s state committee, which discussed the public posturing of Mr. Achuthanandan over the two issues, faulted him for making public statements which contradicted the party’s official stand.
A party communique issued on Sunday termed his statements as “unnecessary and inappropriate”.
Referring to the approach adopted by the party towards the BJP rebels, the statement said Mr. Achuthanandan had gone to town with his views without bothering to learn what was happening in Kannur or trying to understand the party’s position by raising the issue in the proper forum.