C. Gouridasan Nair

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Discussions on the reasons for the ruling Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) poll debacle at the three-day meeting of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) State committee remained inconclusive on the second day on Wednesday and would conclude only on Thursday.

The discussions on the second day were reportedly as sharp as that on the first day with a few of the State committee members putting up a stout defence of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, who was at the receiving end of searing criticism from a brute majority of party district secretaries on Tuesday. However, the day also saw a continuation of the attack on the Chief Minister. Among those who spoke in defence of the Chief Minister on Thursday were S. Sarma, K. Chandran Pillai and J. Mercykutty Amma.

Party general secretary Prakash Karat, who has been camping in the State for the three days to take part in deliberations, is understood to have told the State committee meeting that the issues raised during the discussions here would be deliberated upon by the CPI(M) Polit Bureau when it meets next month for a detailed review of the election outcome.

Mr. Karat is reported to have taken the position that Mr. Achuthanandan had erred by not sticking to the party stand on the SNC Lavalin corruption case. This, he said, had caused a serious setback for the party in the elections. He reiterated the position that the State leadership of the party had committed a mistake by alienating the Janata Dal (Secular) and not ensuring total unity in the ruling alliance. He was also critical of the tie-up with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and urged the party’s State leadership to examine how the Christians had become so hostile towards the party and the LDF government.

The CPI(M) State committee meeting would draw to a close on Thursday.