C. Gouridasan Nair
Party general secretary seeks Pillai's expulsion
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) State secretariat has imposed stern curbs on media interactions by party State secretary V.P. Ramakrishna Pillai and asked him not to communicate with the media in person.
The action follows his observation in a TV interview that the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) had lost the people's faith and would not return to power.
The RSP secretariat, which met here on Tuesday for an exclusive discussion on the issue, concluded that Mr. Pillai had disgraced both the party and the LDF and asked him to tender a public apology for his indiscretion.
Earlier, party general secretary T. J. Chandrachoodan demanded that Mr. Pillai should either be suspended or asked to go on leave to remedy the bad name that he had brought upon the party with his remarks.
Twelve of the 15 members of the secretariat were convinced that Mr. Pillai had committed a grave mistake. However, the final decision was to spare him if he tendered a public apology and with a ban on his future media interactions. The party secretariat asked Mr. Pillai to issue only press statements if and when any information needed to be communicated to the media and banned him from making appearances on TV.
The discussion was initiated by party veteran and former general secretary K. Pankajakshan and taken forward by Prof. Chandrachoodan, Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran and the majority in the committee, almost everyone of them launching a scathing attack on Mr. Pillai.
The only persons who supported Mr. Pillai were D. Sasidharan, Philip K. Thomas and Ambalathara Sreedharan Nair.
Party sources said the secretariat took cognisance of diversion of party funds to personal accounts of the State leadership and issued instructions for its return to the party accounts. The secretariat deferred its decision on divesting D. Sasidharan, secretariat member, of his charge of the party State headquarters to its next meeting.