M.N. Ravunni, chairman of the general council of the radical outfit Porattam, has said that the ‘crisis' in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on account of the differences between V.S. Achuthanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan is a natural offshoot of the opportunistic policies being pursued by the party for the past four decades.

“This is clear to anyone who has analysed the ideological and practical stand taken by the CPI(M) in the past few decades. It is when major departures from declared objectives take place that ideological battles break out in communist parties,” Mr. Ravunni, a former Naxalite, said in a statement on the political situation in the wake of the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan in Onchiyam early this month.

Mr. Ravunni said the stand taken by Mr. Achuthanandan had deepened the crisis in the CPI(M), and raised serious ideological questions for communists, though it was being reflected in the media only as a tiff between the two top CPI(M) leaders.

He said unless Mr. Achuthanandan raised the issue to an ideological plane, his efforts would be seen as a personal agenda. “What is needed is a revolt by Mr. Achuthanandan against the CPI(M) leadership. He should not dodge his responsibility to take his battle within the CPI(M) to an ideological plane and eliminate the rot that has set into the party,” Mr. Ravunni said.

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