Alappuzha | The long-drawn factional trend in the Kerala unit of the CPI(M) took a sharp turn today with state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan accusing founder-leader V S Achuthanandan of being a factionalist with an anti-party mindset.
Addressing a press meet on the eve of the party state conference here, Vijayan rubbished the charges raised by the nonagenerian leader against the state leadership and accused him of gross violation of party discipline.
He went on say that Achuthanandan had stooped to the level of a ‘factionalist and betrayed anti-party mindset.
What provoked Vijayan to come out in the open against the former Chief Minister and one of the CPI(M)’s founding leaders was a strongly-worded letter sent by Achuthanandan to the central party, citing serious lapses on the part of the state leadership, which also appeared in a section of the media.
Vijayan and his followers were sore not only over the content of the dissenting note but it getting to the media, striking a discordant note on the eve of the state meet.
Questioning the contention of the state unit under Vijayan that it had performed well for over a decade, Achuthanandan alleged that the leadership had in fact committed several serious mistakes.
The veteran leader referred to issues like the murder of rebel Marxist T P Chandrasekharan, tactical alliance struck by CPI-M with PDP led by Abdul Nasser Madani in 2009 Lok Sabha elections and the party’s failure to lead a strong and sustained stir against the UDF Government.
Tearing into Achuthanandan’s charges, Vijayan said all these matters had already been discussed and rejected by the Central leadership.
V S continues to violate party discipline. All the issues raised by him had been discussed and rejected by the central leadership. His stand only shows that he has slipped into cheap factionalism and betrayed anti-party mindset, Vijayan added.
Meanwhile, the focus is on who is going to be the next Kerala unit secretary after Vijayan steps down on completion of three consecutive terms in the key post.
According to party sources, the mantle to lead the party in Kerala for the next three years is likely to fall on Politbureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, considering his seniority, organisational and legislative experience and wide acceptability within and outside the party.
Though he is stepping down as state secretary, party sources hold that his domination in the state unit is expected in the assembly polls due in early 2016.
VS to respond after Politbureau’s reply
Thiruvananthapuram | CPI(M) veteran and Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly V S Achuthanandan today clarified that he would respond to the Party Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan’s statement only after receiving a reply for his letter from politbureau.
Talking to newspersons here, he rejected Pinaray’s statement that Achuthanandan was continuously violating party discipline. I had sent a letter to the Politbureau. I will respond only after receiving a reply from Politbureau, he added.
Earlier, addressing a press conference in Alappuzha, Pinarayi Vijayan read out a resolution passed by party state committee recommending disciplinary action against Achuthanandan for his anti party activities. The party’s state conference would begin tomorrow in Alappuzha.
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