Refuting suggestion from certain corners that the CPI(M) should withdraw from the ongoing indefinite strike by a section of government employees and teachers, party State unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has hinted that the strike will be intensified in the coming days. The strike, which entered the fourth day on Friday, would gather momentum in the coming days as the agitating employees would exert even more pressure on the government to concede to their demands, he said.

“It is the dream of those supporting the ruling parties to see that the strike gets frustrated. However, there is no concern among the agitating employees, Mr. Vijayan, who was here to inaugurate a seminar told reporters.

On the Communist Party of India’s (CPI) reported remarks that the Left front ally was not included by the CPI(M) in the ongoing struggle for land in the State, Mr. Vijayan said the CPI(M), which is sponsoring the strike, would decide its strategy. The CPI was free to deliberate on the issue (on broadening the strike) at the Left Democratic Front level meeting, he said.

On media reports that the CPI(M) Kozhikode unit was involved in the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case, Mr. Vijayan said the media was trying to spread unsubstantiated and fabricated reports.

“You better ask the media how they managed to get such reports,” he said.

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