CPM meet today,VS fate hangs in balance

With CPM general secretary Prakash Karat suggesting “strong” disciplinary action against V S Achuthanandan...

New Delhi | Published: July 11, 2009 4:39 am

With CPM general secretary Prakash Karat suggesting “strong” disciplinary action against V S Achuthanandan and the official leadership in Kerala seeking his removal from the Chief Minister’s post,the central committee of the party will decide what action be initiated against the veteran leader at its weekend meeting here.

The Politburo will meet on Saturday ahead of the central committee,convened specially to discuss the faction feud in Kerala,to formulate the talking points for the two-day meeting. With the Politburo divided on punishing VS alone,it is likely that it will only put forth the

diverging views that emerged at its meeting last week rather than putting concrete proposals.

Karat’s suggestion that action should be taken against VS on account of indiscipline against the backdrop of the Kerala unit’s conclusion that the Chief Minister was responsible for the election defeat and hence be removed from the post had met with stiff resistance at last week’s Politburo meeting with members like Sitaram Yechury and Manik Sarkar demanding that he should not be punished alone.

A section of the central leadership feels that absolving state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan,who is equally responsible for the infighting,will only aggravate the matter. They argue that the party should take a balanced view. “If action is to be taken,then it should be against both,” a senior Politburo member said.

While it is clear that the Politburo was in favour of initiating action against VS,the question before the central committee is that what level of action be taken against him — whether he should be removed from the post or expelled from the Politburo and Central Committee — and whether state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan be punished and should the party’s stand on the SNC-Lavalin case involving him be re-examined.

Last month,the CPM central committee had concluded that some of the statements made by Achuthanandan in the run up to the elections had an “adverse effect” in the elections and helped the Opposition,in effect preparing the ground for action against him.

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