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CPI(M)-CPI war of words over Mani intensifies

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Kanam, Kodiyeri air divergent views on alliance

The war of words between the CPI(M) and CPI leadership has intensified within hours of the Election Commission announcing the date of the Chengannur byelection with CPI(M) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan trying to sweet talk the Kerala Congress (Mani) into voting for its candidate in the bypoll and the CPI leadership upping the ante on its opposition to the party.

CPI reiterates stance

Branding KC(M) chairman K.M. Mani as “the embodiment of everything that the Left opposed”, the CPI leadership on Friday reiterated its opposition to the KC(M) being accommodated in the LDF fold.

The first salvo was fired on Friday morning by CPI State secretary Kanam Rajendran, who while responding to questions from reporters at the CPI’s 23rd Party Congress currently on here, said he believed that the KC(M) did not have as much strength as the party claimed in the Chengannur Assembly constituency and the LDF could win the election without help from that party.

Later, Mr. Mani told reporters in Kottayam that the CPI leader appeared to be striving to ensure the defeat of the CPI(M) candidate in the byelection.

Later in the day, Mr. Balakrishnan joined issue with Mr. Rajendran telling reporters in Kannur that no LDF constituent could on its own take a stance on accommodating any party in the ruling alliance. The LDF stance was that the votes of all those opposed to the UDF were welcome at Chengannur.

The reply from the CPI came from party central council member Binoy Viswam, in the course of the briefing on the deliberations of the party congress in the evening. “Mani is a political figure hated for his corrupt ways and welcoming him will tarnish the image of the front. The LDF has strong anti-corruption policies and, in the past, Mani had been a target of our attack on many occasions. Roping in such a person will only weaken our first stance against corruption,” he said.

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