Four days after the CBI named him as an accused in the SNC-Lavalin scam,CPI(M) Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan broke his silence on Saturday saying bogus cases were being framed to crucify the Left and demolish the Communist parties.
Addressing a party-affiliated trade unions function here,Pinarayi said the case was a conspiracy against the Left. A defensive Pinarayi,however,did not try to clear his name or justify his decisions leading to the contract with the Canadian firm. Instead,he said history was replete with incidents aimed at destroying Communist parties. International and national imperialistic forces have been behind such attempts. The party would en bloc confront such evil forces, he said.
Pinarayi tried to link his crisis to the liberation struggle of 1957 which led to the fall of the first Communist government in Kerala. By pitching the issue on the boarder Left canvas,Pinarayis apparent strategy seems to be to evade the core issue of corruption.
On Saturday,several senior CPI (M) leaders came out in support of Pinarayi. As planned by the party state secretariat,party and feeder outfits took out marches at several places to pledge their support to the party leader. CPI(M) leaders justified the Lavalin deal as part of steps to address the power crisis in the state.
The party has also begun hectic parleys with legal experts on the next course of action. It is learnt that a public interest petition is likely to come up in the High Court next Tuesday seeking a directive to the state Government to speed up the process of sanctioning prosecution of the accused.
Meanwhile,V S Achuthanandans silence has sent a strong message to the party rank and file that he would not compromise on corruption. As Opposition leader,Achuthanandan had pushed for blacklisting SNC-Lavalin. Sources close to him believe Achuthanandan would not hesitate from taking some extreme steps if the party central leadership failed to address the situation in the party.