‘We will not discard him even if he snubs us’

The Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leadership has said the volte-face of Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan on the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder will not affect the party

K.K. Rema, wife of the slain RMP leader, told reporters here on Friday that Mr. Achuthanandan had been a different voice, which stood for truth and justice, in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)]. “We were following his politics. Now society will reject him,” she said.

She said that the RMP had been formed on the basis of the politics adopted by Mr. Achuthanandan. The party would not backtrack because he had changed his stance. Mr. Achuthanandan gave his wholehearted support to the RMP. “We expect that from him in future too. I felt comforted when he stood by us during Chandrasekharan’s death. We respect him then and now. We will not discard him even if he snubs us,” Ms. Rema said.

Mr. Achuthanandan had in a recent television interview said that the RMP was an appendage of the Congress party and that the party had been taking decisions after consulting the former Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. Reacting to questions at another press meet, P. Kumarankutty, RMP State secretariat member, said that the political stance of Mr. Achuthanandan had benefitted the party. Mr. Achuthanandan’s had been the sane voice in the CPI(M). “He might have been misinformed. The RMP has not taken a decision to help the Congress party,” he said.

P. Kumarankutty and N.P. Pratap Kumar, the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) candidates for the Kozhikode and Vadakara Lok Sabha constituencies respectively, flayed the approach of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to the State’s development. They were speaking at a meet the candidates programme, “Dili Chalo” held at the Calicut Press Club here on Friday. For the last several years, both the UDF and the LDF had been treading the same path, be it widening of the National Highway or setting up self-financing colleges, they said.

Mr. Kumarankutty and Mr. Kumar were members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] and were also councillors of the Kozhikode Corporation earlier. They said they had left the party dispirited by its neo-liberal polices and muzzling of internal democracy.

“Our party is not against development. We have a clear stand on the development needs of a place. Development should not be done by robbing the livelihood of the people and destroying the environment,” he said. More than 75,000 families would be evicted if the National Highway project was implemented in the State. The UDF and the LDF stressed on widening the road by 45m, though 30m was enough. The project was mired in corruption, he said.

  • Says VS had stood for truth and justice in CPI(M)

  • Claims society will reject him now