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Updated: February 9, 2014 02:22 IST

Polit Bureau rejects Achuthanandan letter

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A file picture of Leader of Opposition and CPI(M) veteran V.S. Achuthanandan. Photo: S. Gopakumar.
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A file picture of Leader of Opposition and CPI(M) veteran V.S. Achuthanandan. Photo: S. Gopakumar.

The CPI(M) in Kerala appears to be heading for yet another internal convulsion with the CPI(M) Polit Bureau openly rejecting Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan’s endorsement of the demand for a CBI probe into the conspiracy angle of the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case and party leaders not hiding their displeasure about his action.

In a terse statement issued in Delhi on Saturday, the CPI(M) Polit Bureau said Mr. Achuthanandan’s letter was ‘a wrong step’ and something ‘not in conformity with the party stand’ on the issue. Talking to reporters, party general secretary Prakash Karat made it clear that there was no need for a CBI probe in the case. The judicial verdict in the case had already come, he said.

This is for the second time in the last few months that the party Polit Bureau is publicly reprimanding Mr. Achuthanandan’s stand on various issues. In October, it had asked him to desist from making uncalled for remarks on issues that had been ‘decided’ by the party’s central leadership.

The reprimand followed Mr. Achuthanandan’s comment in the course of a TV interview on the last Kerala Assembly elections and the SNC-Lavalin case.

Taking his cue from the Polit Bureau statement, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told meetings addressed by him in Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts in the course of his ‘Kerala Raksha Yatra’ on Saturday that Mr. Achuthanandan’s stand on the CBI probe question did not tally with the party stand.

‘UDF conspiracy’

According to him, the entire episode involving slain RMP leader T.P. Chandrasekharan’s widow K.K. Rema’s fast and the move for a CBI probe were part of a conspiracy hatched by the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) targeting the CPI(M). The attempt now was to make Mr. Achuthanandan a participant in it, he said.

According to party sources, the official faction of the State CPI(M) had taken up the issue with the Central leadership on Friday itself and sought an immediate response to it. Sources indicated that the issue would now be taken up by the full meeting of the Polit Bureau and would then go to the CPI(M) Central committee, of which Mr. Achuthanandan is a member, at its next meeting, though any immediate drastic action against Mr. Achuthanandan might be unlikely given that elections are just weeks away.

CPM's on going dilemma is that everywhere it calls for CBI enquiry but when it comes to it's on mischievous acts it chose to oppose it. In contrast CPM petty bourgeois leadership Achuthanandan appears forth right on the issue of former rebel Chandrasekharan and also on the SNC-Lavalin case in which Kerala unit General Secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan allegedly have been involved. It is an irony that mediocre leadership assumed power to question and discipline one of the best mass octogenarian leader CPM ever could think of.

from:  Dr S Deman
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 23:45 IST
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