: Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has termed “absurd” certain interpretations given to his valedictory address at the Kerala International Study Congress recently and asserted that there were no differences between the Chief Minister and the party on matters relating to development approaches.

In a statement here on Sunday, Mr. Vijayan said his party had a clear perception on industrial development, efficiency of the civil services and corruption in the bureaucracy. “The Chief Minister and senior-most party leader V S Achuthanandan does not have a different perspective or thought process on these issues. Because of this, we have the same opinion on these issues,” he said.

Mr. Vijayan said during his valedictory address he had the occasion to refer to the need for an efficient civil service. During the course of the speech, he said he had narrated the experience of an investor in one of the States without naming it. The investor had told him about the speed with which investment proposals were handled in Tamil Nadu where there was no red tape. He had quoted this incident only to strengthen his contention that steps needed to be taken to end inordinate delays and procedural bottlenecks at the official level in order to expedite industrial development in the State. He had also pointed out the shortcomings in the functioning of the single-window system that was introduced by Suseela Gopalan when she was Industry Minister in the third Nayanar Ministry, he said.

He had made such references with good intentions and interpreting it as a praise of the Gujarat Model and that Mr. Achuthanandan had replied to this was nothing but a mean and heinous attempt by the media to distort facts. “Every person knows very well that no communist will praise Narendra Modi's Gujarat rule under which minority communities face threats to their life and property.”