CPI(M)-CPI talks make headway in Kerala

Special Correspondent

CPI to decide Vice-Chancellor of KAU

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The low-intensity feud between the CPI(M) and the CPI over various issues moved a little towards resolution following discussions between leaders of the two parties here on Monday.

The meeting, held at the AKG Centre in the afternoon, came to an understanding that since the CPI controls the Agriculture Department, it has the right to decide who should be the Vice-Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU). The party has already proposed the name of K.R. Muralidharan, IAS, for the position and his appointment to the post, which has been lying vacant for the last six months, is now only a formality.

The two parties decided to discuss their differences outside the forum of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) State committee when it became apparent that it does not behove the two fraternal communist parties to wash the linen in the presence of the other coalition partners. The CPI had taken strong exception to some of the decisions of the CPI(M), particularly the separation of the Department of Environment from the Department of Forests and the attempt to deny it the right to appoint the person of its choice as KAU Vice-Chancellor.

The CPI leader Mr. Ismail said there was considerable progress in the talks.

Later, CPI State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan told The Hindu that the differences between the two parties had narrowed down following the talks and hoped further dialogue between the two sides would lead to greater understanding between them.

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