Staff Reporter

Says Cabinet Ministers are working in tandem

Calls for consolidation of secular parties

ALAPPUZHA: Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan said here on Sunday that the CPI did not deem it necessary for Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to step down in the wake of the SNC Lavalin controversy.

Talking to reporters, Mr. Bhargavan said there was good cooperation between the Chief Minister and his Cabinet members. He said to his knowledge, nobody had sought Mr. Achuthanandan’s resignation. Any news to the contrary was a creation of the media, he said.

Stating that the Lavalin case was too old to be discussed in great detail and researched at this juncture, Mr. Bhargavan said the CPI Ministers had informed the Cabinet about their stance on the issue. If there was a need for a political decision on the same, they would have asked the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to discuss the issue, which was not done. In any case, the LDF was yet to take up the Lavalin case for discussion, he said.

Mr. Bhargavan said the CPI shared a good relationship with both Mr. Achuthanandan and Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. “Basically, we are all communists,” he said.

Earlier, addressing a party meeting, Mr. Bhargavan said the days of single-party governments were over in the country. Only alliances that had similar views on helping the downtrodden and pro-public governance would come to power, he said.

Describing the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad as the “most dangerous” outfits in the country’s current political arena, Mr. Bhargavan said all secular parties should work together to prevent the BJP from coming to power at the Centre. The Congress, on the other hand, should change its current stance and approach towards politics, he added.