Thiruvananthapuram | Mincing no words, CPI(M) in Kerala today rejected the criticism levelled by sulking veteran V S Achuthanandan against the leadership and reminded the nonagenarian leader to mend his ways and fall in line with party decisions.
The party secretariat meeting passed a four-page resolution detailing the indiscipline and anti-party approach adopted by 92-year-old Achuthanandan since 2011 which had embarrassed the party and said it wanted the senior leader to comply with the party state committee’s united decisions.
This is not a warning or any disciplinary action against Achuthanandan, who is the LDF opposition leader in the state Assembly, CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters after the secretariat meeting here. The resolution is to remind him to accept party line by correcting himself, he said.
Party hopes that Achuthanandan will accept the party stand, Balakrishnan said. However, he said as an opposition leader, Achuthanandan would contine to lead LDF’s fight against Congress-led UDF in the Assembly whose session is scheduled to begin from June 8.
The resolution passed at the meet also wanted to know whether he intended to lead a parallel party and it also accused the senior leader of coming out with statements against the party leadership whenever UDF in the state was in crisis with a view to divert attention from the Congress-led Front.
This time also when UDF was in deep trouble with corruption allegations and disunity among its front constituents, Achuthanandan has made statements against the party, the resolution said. It has become the habit of Achuthanandan to portray the party in bad light in public by baseless complaints, the resolution added.
Achuthanandan, who has been not on good terms with the CPI(M) leadership for the past few years, had shocked the party recently with a public statement that the setback to the party in Lok Sabha polls in 2009 and 2014 was due to shortcomings of the party leadership under former state secretary and his bete noire Pinarayi Vijayan and former party general secretary Prakash Karat.
Even after the party polit bureau on May 18 rejected the criticism by terming it as ‘not in the interest of the party’, Achuthanandan repeated the statement holding that Politburo had rejected his contention by misunderstanding the facts.
Achuthanandan’s remark that he stood by his statement even after PB rejected it is equal to disowning and challenging the PB, Balakrishnan said, quoting the resolution. It is under this circumstances, the state secretariat is compelled to issue a resolution explaining to its cadres the party position, he added.
The PB had stated that public criticism by Achuthanandan against the leadership of the party at the Central and state level, in an interview to the media, are wrong and groundless. The Polit Bureau rejects these allegations. Such public utterances of Achuthanandan are not in the interests of the party, the party had stated.
Achuthanandan had virtually put the CPI(M) on the backfoot during the state party conference held in February last by walking out of the conference expressing displeasure over certain issues. The party maintained that all issues raised by Achuthanandan, a founder leader of CPI(M) after the split in undivided CPI in 1964, had been discussed by the party PB and Central Committee.
Achuthanandan became a politbureau member in 1996 but was dropped from the top organisational body a few years ago for speaking against the party’s official line in a corruption case allegedly involving Vijayan. Achuthanandan headed the LDF ministry in 2006-11, defeating his party rivals’ designs to sideline him.
Though he has lost much of his hold in the organisation, he continues to be the most popular Left leader in the state, acceptable to even large sections who are not directly part of CPI(M).
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