The CPI (M) should clarify whether it had dropped action against Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan for his anti-party stance after the veteran leader gave a clean chit to the party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, demanded Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.

Mr. Chennithala accused Mr. Achuthanandan of attempting to protect his official position by changing his stance in the SNC Lavlin and T.P. Chandrasekharan murder cases. The Leader of the Opposition leader should clarify whether he stood by his earlier demand for a CBI inquiry into the killing of Mr. Chandrasekharan.

The CPI (M) still subscribes to murder politics and the killing at Peringanam stands as a testimony to its political position. The party and the LDF were facing a trust deficiency in Kerala society, he said. Regarding the decision of Janathipathya Samrakshana Samity to leave UDF camp, Mr. Chennithala said that no one had asked the party to leave the coalition. It is to be seen whether the party will be made a constituent in the LDF. The split in the CMP was unfortunate, he said. There was nothing wrong in the statement of the Chief Minister that the poll results would be a review of the performance of the State government. The victory or defeat in the elections will be the responsibility of the Congress workers, he said.

Mr. Chennithala exuded confidence that the party will fare better in the State than the previous election.

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