There is no need for the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to murder T.P. Chandrasekharan as he and other leaders of the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) were ready to return to the CPI (M), State unit secretary of the CPI(M) Pinarayi Vijayan has said.
Inaugurating the new NGO Union office here on Thursday, Mr. Vijayan said that the CPI (M) had held discussions, through its emissary, with Mr. Chandrasekharan and other RMP leaders. They were ready to come back and some had already rejoined the CPI (M).
“However Mr. Chandrasekharan, who asked for some more time to decide, later declined to return to the CPI (M). He had to talk to some powerful people and they seem to have opposed his return to the CPI (M).”
Mr. Pinarayi said the CPI (M) had exposed the RMP politically as it was working in league with the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF). The CPI (M) secretary alleged that the UDF leaders, particularly Chief Minister Oommen Chandy; Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan; and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala were “trying to use the Chandrasekharan murder case to tarnish the image of the CPI (M). They are assisted by Union Minister for Home Mullappally Ramachandran in this political vendetta against the CPI (M).”
Mr. Vijayan said his party was not against the freedom of the press. “It is only opposing the trial by the media in cases that are before the court. The Supreme Court and High Court had earlier criticised such trial by media. We approached the court when the media hounded the party with false reports,” Mr. Vijayan said.
The meeting was presided over by P.H.M. Ismail, State president, Kerala NGO Union.
It was addressed by Sukumol Sen, CPI (M) Central Committee member; R. Muthsundaram, general secretary, All India Federation; and A.K. Balan, MLA.