Panel resorts to ‘quite unusual’ method over Kanjikuzhy issue

The Alappuzha district committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), in a statement on Wednesday, appealed to the cadre to approach the issues related to the Kanjikuzhy area committee in a ‘balanced and calm manner.’

According to those familiar with the functioning of the CPI(M), such an appeal to the cadre through the media is ‘quite unusual.’ They aver that district secretary C.B. Chandrababu has taken the media route as a last measure to convince the cadre of the ‘correctness’ of the district committee’s decision to oust Kanjikuzhy area secretary C.K. Bhaskaran and restructure the committee. Mr. Chandrababu, in the statement, said the decision to restructure the Kanjikuzhy and Aroor area committees was in line with the party policy.

‘‘A detailed review of the meetings held in the district (in the run-up to the last Party Congress) was conducted as part of a decision to correct discrepancies, if any, in these meetings and steer the party in the right course... The district committee has decided to restructure the Aroor and Kanjikuzhy area committees based on these reviews. It was also decided to include a few workers who had been left out of the area committees of Kuttanad, Ambalappuzha, Haripad, and Mavelikara,’’ he said.

Mr. Chandababu said a meeting of the Aroor area committee had been convened on March 31. Though a meeting of the Kanjikuzhy area committee was scheduled the same day, it could not be held as Mr. Bhaskaran was not available. ‘‘As Mr. Bhaskaran had informed the district secretary that he needed to go to hospital on April 1, the meeting was convened on April 2,’’ Mr. Chandrababu said.

The district secretary said those who disagreed with the decisions of the district committee could approach the next higher party forum. ‘‘It is not a good trend to respond to party’s decisions publicly and organise rallies and meetings. The show of emotions will only help the enemy. All party workers and party fractions should uphold party discipline… and approach the issues in a calm manner,’’ he said.

  • A last measure to convince the cadre

  • Decision to restructure in line with party policy