KERALA

CPI(ML) hopes to form a larger political force



Staff Reporter

Party has decided to field 50 candidates of its own

KOCHI: CPI(ML) is hoping to form a democratic rebel set-up to contest 140 seats in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State.

The party has already decided to field 50 candidates of its own. A list of 25 candidates is ready. The party will support SUCI and MCP(U), the political entity led by V.B. Cherian.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the central secretary of the CPI-ML, K.N. Ramachandran, said the development in the CPI(M) augurs well for forming an alternative to the BJP and the "CPI(M) led by Pinarayi Vijayan."

Mr. Ramachandran said it is not group rivalry that is plaguing the CPI(M).

Ideological row

There has been a lot of ideological confrontation within the party in the wake of globalisation.

The present state of affairs within the CPI(M) is a reflection of this phenomenon.

He expressed the opinion that a mafia was exerting pressure on the CPI(M). He said V.S. Achuthanandan was against the mafia and should take initiative in leading a movement to thwart the designs of the mafia.

He claimed that that the CPI(ML) campaign on the Rajan case was supported by Mr. Achuthanandan.

Mr. Ramachandran observed that a political initiative led by Mr. Achuthanandan would have the potential to change the face of Kerala politics.

Development policy

The CPI(ML) leader questioned the concept of development as espoused by the Marxist party. Development is not the setting up of Smart City.

The essence of development as envisaged by CPI(ML) is ensuring food, home and medicare to the masses, he said.

K. Sivaraman, State Secretary; P.J. James, central committee member; and T.C. Subrahmanyan, State Secretariat member, were present at the press conference.