Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI(M) State committee, which began a two-day meeting here on Saturday, saw rival factions in the State party clashing over the election review report prepared by the Polit Bureau and the State secretariat.

The State committee meeting has been convened for a review of the election results and its significance, to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the party as manifest in the polling figures in various constituencies.

The poll review report presented to the State committee has attributed defeat of party candidates in 10 constituencies to factionalism.

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau has been trying to steer clear of the factional pulls in the State party and making interventions only on crucial occasions. Its poll assessment is also reflective of this stand. The Polit Bureau is all praise for the State party for the impressive victory it has scored in Kerala, but it has been careful not to rake up contentious factional perceptions about who did what in connection with the Assembly elections.

The State secretariat, dominated by the Pinarayi faction, is angry that there is no reference to the way the initial State party decision not to field V. S. Achuthanandan in the Assembly elections got overturned. In the perception of the dominant faction, the LDF's victory was more a collective one of the party. At Saturday's meeting, this stand came in for sharp criticism from Achuthanandan loyalists. The rival side, which enjoys a majority in the State committee as well, was even more vociferous in its attack on Mr. Achuthanandan, making the election review more an occasion for settling scores than an objective assessment of the election outcome.