In an unexpected development, CPI (M) central committee member V S Achuthanandan on Sunday boycotted the ongoing state conference.
On Saturday, he had walked out of the state conference in Alappuzha when the delegates mounted a scathing attack on him. Keeping the party leaders in dark, Achuthanandan left his house in Alappuzha, where the state conference is being held, at 3.45 am. He reached the official residence of the Opposition leader in the state capital n the morning. He left Alappuzha along with his son Arun Kumar and personal aide.
Senior CPI (M) leaders said they came to know about Achuthanandan’s boycott only in the morning. Achuthanandan’s boycott is seen as hardening of his stand against the party.
Party sources said conciliatory attempts would go on and they did not expect that Achuthanandan would take any extreme step.
The dramatic, unprecedented event has taken the sheen out of the state conference, which would end on Monday. Party leaders had gone for an intense damage-control exercise on Saturday night. But, Achuthanandan, the only living member among the 32 persons who had walked out of the CPI in 1964 to float CPI (M), did not wait to get any assurance from the party on his demands.
He is learnt to have put three conditions, which the party has to fulfill. They are; action should be taken against party leaders convicted in rebel leader Chandrasekharan’s murder; the secretariat resolution against him should be withdrawn; and the damaging references regarding him in the organisational report should be removed. The long-standing war of words and nerves between the two had peaked on the eve of this conference after Achuthanandan sent a note to the central leadership, questioning the state unit’s stand on many issues, including a rebel leader’s murder. The party secretariat then passed a resolution against Achuthanandan for his repeated “anti-party stand” and “indiscipline”.
On Friday, while presenting the state unit’s organisational report, Vijayan alleged that Achuthanandan had tried to implicate him in a case involving a rebel leader’s murder and conspired to trap him in a corruption case involving the Canadian firm SNC Lavalin. On Saturday, while the report was being discussed, a number of delegates mounted what appeared to be a well-orchestrated attack against Achuthanandan, demanding that action be taken against him.