Alappuzha | Crisis in Kerala unit of the CPI(M) deepened today with the Polit Bureau taking a tough view of founding-leader V S Achuthanandan’s boycott of the ongoing state conference over sharp differences with the state leadership. Though Achuthanandan is yet to respond to the hardening of position by the leadership, the development fuelled speclation that the senior leader might take some hard decision like demitting the office of the Opposition Leader of the Kerala Assembly.
On a day of high drama, a meeting of the available Polit Bureau members presided by national General Secretary Prakash Karat concluded that the boycott of the conference by Achuthanandan was a serious mistake and wanted him to return to the meet. The PB authorised Karat to convey the party’s stand to Achuthanandan, who went in a huddle with close personal aides to his official residence in Thiruvananthapuram.
Briefing reporters on the day’s developments, conference spokesperson and PB member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the party would not indulge in any baragaining as far as discipline was concerned. As far as CPI(M) is concerned, no one is above the party. Schismatic trends and factional activities would not be tolerated at any cost, he said. VS is a veteran leader of the party and a Central Committee member.
He is also a delegate to the conference and he has a responsibility to attend the conference, he said. Taking the party to an edge, 92-year-old Achuthanandan had boycotted the meet and returned to the state capital early today, sending clear signls to the leadership that he would not relent until his demands, including withdrawal of the recent party resolution against him were met.
The CPI(M) veteran’s dissenting note citing serious flaws in the conduct of the state unit meet under his arch foe Pinarayi Vijayan and its response from the state leadership had precipitated the crisis in the party. The party meet had a stormy start with the state secretariat coming out with a virtual indictment of the senior leader for shooting off a letter to the central leadership castigating party affairs under Vijayan.
He also mentioned the damage suffered by the party due to alienation of LDF allies like Janata Dal, tactical alliance struck with the PDP led by Abdul Nasser Madani in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls and the party’s failure to lead a strong and sustained stir against the UDF Government.
Briefing the decisions of the available politbureau meeting, convened in the wake of the situation aroused following the walkout of Mr Achuthanandan, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters here today that the meeting observed that the action of Mr Achuthandan keeping away from the meeting was a serious mistake.
Admitting that the surprise move of the senior leader had faded the expectations of the mass and misleading news spread through the media in this regard, he made it clear that not a single individual was above the party and all those were with the party would remain in the party.
Warning that the party would never entertain anybody to destroy the party, he expressed the hope that a senior leader like Mr Achuthanandan would not take any such action destroying the party.
Expressing the confidence the Mr Achuthandan would attend the state meet, Mr Balakrishnan said that party general secretary Prakash Karat had informed the decision to Mr Achuthanandan in this regard.
He also said that Mr Karat had already informed Mr Achuthanandan that his action was violation of party discipline.
Stating that his action did not affected the party meeting, he said the meeting was ready to listen what Mr Achuthanandan wanted to tell to the party .
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