With AITUC State general secretary and CPI national executive committee member Kanam Rajendran joining issue with LDF convener and CPI(M) central committee member Vaikom Viswan on his reported critical remarks about the AITUC, there seems to no let up in the CPI-CPI(M) spat in spite of a directive otherwise from the central leadership of the two parties.

Speaking to the media here on Saturday, Mr. Rajendran, referring to Mr. Viswan’s reported statement (at M.K. Pandhe memorial meeting in Thrissur on Friday) on the role of the AITUC, which according to him had compromised with the ruling class and betrayed the working class, said the CPI(M) leader was twisting historical facts to suit his personal ends.

He made it clear that though the central leadership had issued directives banning public statements on contentious issues, there would be no change in the stance taken by the party on the issues taken up with the CPI(M) leadership.

He had chosen to make a public rejoinder to Mr. Viswan since he (Mr. Viswan) had opted to make a public statement against the AITUC in spite of the central directive, Mr. Rajendran said.

According to official records, the AITUC holds the distinction of being the largest Left trade union organisation in the country and holds the third position among the trade unions.

“Against this, the CITU is fifth,” Mr Rajendran said and added that the situation would not have been the same if they had betrayed the interests of the working class.

Making a strong case for the democratic nature of functioning of the AITUC, Mr. Rajendran pointed out that in spite of the split in the Communist Party in 1964, CPI(M) leader M.K. Pandhe was elected one of the secretaries of the organisation two years later.