Special Correspondent

Central Committee to meet from today

NEW DELHI: With a view to bringing finality on the steps needed to tackle the internal problems in the Kerala unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the party’s Central Committee will hold a two-day meeting here starting on Saturday.

It is expected that the meeting would decide to act against Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, whose statements during the recent election campaign have been adversely commented upon by the Central Committee.

In its review report at the June meeting, the Central Committee noted that disunity in the Left Democratic Front was one of the factors for the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. It was categorical in stating that “some of the statements of Com. V.S. Achuthanandan during the campaign had an adverse effect and helped the opposition campaign.”

During the last weekend, the Polit Bureau gave its undivided attention to the problems afflicting the State unit where Mr. Achuthanandan continues to have serious differences with State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. Party sources said the Polit Bureau would formalise at a meeting on Saturday morning its views, which would then be then placed before the Central Committee.

Besides the differences between the two senior leaders, the party is concerned over the inability of the organisation to assess the magnitude of the setback during the polls till the day the results started pouring out of the voting machines. In fact, one of the tasks the Central Committee set was to identify why such a wrong estimation of results was made and look at it also from the angle of whether factionalism had adversely affected organisational work in certain areas.

It identified some other shortcomings and weaknesses that should be self-critically examined and set right. “A rectification campaign should be organised within the Party against all the shortcomings, mistakes and deviations. The disunity and wrong trends should be firmly put down,” was the clear directive of the Central Committee.

The Polit Bureau meeting here on July 5-6 deliberated on these issues and would place its conclusions before the Central Committee for its final stamp of approval.