All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) secretary G. Devarajan has said that the statements of Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] leader V.S. Achuthanandan against the leadership of that party will weaken the Left movement.

At a press conference here on Tuesday, he said the people of the country look forward to the Left movement as an effective political alternative at the Centre. The statements of Mr. Achuthanandan were such that the trust reposed in the Left movement by the people would get eroded.

Mr. Achuthanandan’s statements were in violation of the democratic centrist traditions of a Communist party. By passing such an opinion, the AIFB did not attempt to come to any conclusion on whether CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan was innocent or not in the SNC-Lavalin case.

But as a Communist leader, Mr. Achuthanandan should stick to the party stand on the issue. By stating that he was dropped from the Polit Bureau of that party because he had “told the truth” would only convey the message that the CPI(M) Polit Bureau was a body which would not accept truth. By creating such a situation, the CPI(M), which gave leadership to the Left movement, was forced to devote a good amount of its time to discuss and solve such intra-party crisis. This in turn wasted the time when it came to organising coordinated Left agitations against the alleged anti-people policies of the UPA government, Mr. Devarajan said.

The situation was the same regarding agitations against the policies of the UDF government, which was bowing before the threats posed by a section of religious and caste leadership. The virtual silence against them gave them the courage to become hyper active.

Assuring full support of his party and the Trade Union Coordination Committee of AIFB to the 48-hour nation-wide general strike from February 20, Mr. Devarajan said the UPA government was entrusting the management of government funds into the hands of private companies.

Though the State government employees had launched an indefinite strike to save the statutory pension scheme, the strike could not muster support of the people. This could be because the people had failed to fully understand the political, social, and economical repercussions which the new pension scheme would create, he said.

Mr. Devarajan said that on the basis of the Supreme Court verdict on the Suryanelli case and on the basis of the statements made by the victim of the case after the apex court verdict, Congress leader P.J. Kurien should resign from the post of the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and face a fresh investigation into the case.

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