Kerala Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan on Saturday mounted an unprecedented attack on his rival in the party,CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan,over the party stand on murdered rebel leader T P Chandrasekharan and his Revolutionary Marxist Party,which is strong in Communist stronghold of Onchiyam.
Achuthanandan said comrades at Onchiyam had quit the party due to an ideological struggle,just like 32 leaders walked out of the CPI to form the CPM in 1964.
The split of 1964 was in protest against the autocratic style of then CPI chief S A Dange. Leaders,including me,left the party pointing out his mistakes. Later,lakhs of people rallied behind the leaders who were termed as class traitors by Dange. The partys growth in the later years justified the split. By calling the Onchiyam rebels traitors,the state secretary has now adopted a stand similar to that of Dange, he said.
On whether Vijayan would meet the fate of Dange,he said Dange was eventually ousted from CPI.
Cadres in Onchiyam had left the CPM over ideological differences,he said. But instead of bringing them back,the party insulted them by calling them traitors. On Vijayan dubbing Chandrasekharan a traitor,he said he did not consider that the party secretarys opinion was the final.
Achuthanandan also did not spare senior CPM leader V V Dakshina Moorthy,who had backed Vijayans remarks. Moorthy should remember that CPM is not like Congress or IUML. The CPM has its own system to form an opinion.
Reacting to Achuthanandans fresh salvo,Vijayan said the party would discuss the matter. There have been indications of a strong attack on the party. Cadres should be vigilant, he said.