Even as the CPI(M) on Friday reacted strongly to reports that party leader E Balanandan,former Politburo member who died last month,had written to general secretary Prakash Karat against the Lavalin deal,Kerala state secretary and Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan said he was not aware of any such letter.
Addressing the media at Vatakara in north Kerala,where he is engaged in a state-wide political tour,Vijayan said the letter was part of concerted attempts from imperialistic forces to destroy the party. I do not know whether such a letter existed or not. It is a matter between two persons; one of them is no more, he said.
In New Delhi,the CPI(M) in a statement said the letter purportedly written by the late Balanandan was a planned attempt to malign the party. No such letter,as cited in the media,was sent by Comrade E Balanandan. This is a planned attempt to malign the CPI(M) by some elements who were expelled from the party in Kerala some years ago, the statement said.
It is surprising that some sections of the media in Kerala and at the national level have published the contents of such a letter without verification, the statement added.
According to reports,Balanandan had written a letter to Karat in August 2005,saying the party had lost face over the deal with Lavalin. We committed a grave mistake. The deal with Lavalin was a wrong decision. The letter was published in the latest issue of Janasakthi magazine,brought out by CPI(M) activists purged from the party.
Balanandans wife Sarojini,also a member of the party state committee,said he never talked about such issues to her. Balanandan was a disciplined party worker. I am not in a position to react on such issues.
Sources close to V S Achuthanandan said Balanandan had written the letter soon after the Lavalin scandal came up in the Assembly in 2005. When Lavalin dominated the Assembly discussions,the CPI(M) had gone on the defensive. But it was during the same session that Achuthanandan,the then Opposition leader,had said Lavalin should be blacklisted and those behind the shady deal punished.