VS says politburo to discuss Lavalin letters

CPI(M) politburo member and Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanadan said that the ensuing Politburo meeting will discuss 'the Lavalin letters'.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: February 11, 2009 2:25:10 pm

Standing up against the party central committee’s stand on the Lavalin scandal,CPI(M) politburo member and Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanadan on Wednesday said that the ensuing Politburo meeting will discuss ‘the Lavalin letters’ written by the late party leader E Balanandan to general secretary Prakash Karat.

“The politburo will discuss on whether or not Balanandan had written such a letter to the party central leadership,” Achuthanandan said after the weekly Cabinet briefing.

Balanandan had reportedly written to Karat in 2005 that “the party had lost its face over the Lavalin deal.” Balanandan was well-versed in the issues regarding the state’s power sector,as he had headed a government-appointed panel on electricity reforms.

The letter was published in the latest issue of Janasakthi,the mouthpiece of those who had been purged from the party recently. “The deal would destroy the party and trigger a revolt within,” said the letter published by the magazine.

After the media reported about the letters,the party central leadership had claimed that no such letters existed and the letters “purportedly” written by Balanandan,who died last month,was a planned attempt to malign the party. But ‘Janasakthi’ had said the letter was not fabricated and party denial was only to save the face of Pinarayi Vijayan.

Sources said the CM was aware of the letters and his attempt to dig out the issue,hastily buried by the central leadership,was meant to blame it for the present crisis. He believes that the party central leadership had failed to timely intervene in the Lavalin issue.

When the media reported about the letters,Vijayan’s initial reaction was very cautious. Instead of a firm denial,Vijayan said he was not aware whether such a letter existed or not. Later,he endorsed the New Delhi line that the letters were fabricated and meant to tarnish the party.

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