Veliyam's charge immature: CPI(M)

Special Correspondent

`It is a naked violation of coalition decency'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State secretariat of the CPI(M) has termed CPI State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan's accusation of arbitrariness against the CPI(M) `immature' and a `naked violation of coalition decency'.

Mr. Bhargavan had, on Tuesday, accused the CPI(M) of having taken several decisions relating to the Government arbitrarily and against all norms of united front politics.

In a statement here on Wednesday, the CPI(M) State secretariat said Mr. Bhargavan's observations were unfortunate and condemnable and claimed that the CPI(M) had done nothing to deserve such criticism.

"There has been no failing on the part of the CPI(M) to earn such criticism. Even if the CPI had some criticism, it should have raised these in the forum of the LDF State committee or in bilateral discussions. It is incomprehensible why or to help whom the CPI leader had made these public comments in naked violation of coalition decency," the CPI(M) leadership wondered.

Left unity must

The CPI(M) secretariat felt that the CPI action would prove counterproductive at a time when the need for fostering unity among Left and democratic forces was the greatest and hoped that the CPI leadership would desist from similar immature actions, which would gladden only reactionary forces and the bourgeois media.

In a separate statement, the CPI(M) secretariat described baseless reports in a section of the media that the CPI(M) leadership and some of his Cabinet colleagues were not allowing Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to function with freedom.

The statement said the Government was functioning in accordance with set norms and that the party was not interfering with the functioning of the Government and the Ministers were not obstructing the Chief Minister's functioning.

The CPI(M) secretariat alleged that the media reports were intended only to divert public attention from the impressive performance of the LDF Government over the last six months and expressed confidence that the people would reject such reports with contempt.