Pinarayi gets court notice, starts yatraThiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan, who is in the thick of the SNC Lavalin scandal, on Wednesday said all members of the party would participate in his ongoing Kerala yatra, a pre-election political tour across the state.
His sharp reaction to V S Achuthanandan, who had told the media in New Delhi on Tuesday that he would not take part in the Kerala yatra, is being construed as what is in store for the party veteran in the coming days.
Making the conciliatory job tough for the Politburo, Pinarayi said his Kerala yatra was being held as per the decision of the party central committee and state committee. All those who are in the party have to take part in this tour, he said.
Achuthanandan had leaned on the Politburo to justify his decision to keep away from the yatra. He said the decision not to address the yatra had been communicated to the Politburo.
Viajayan said, "Party is united in addressing the Lavalin issue. It is heard that Achuthanandan had communicated certain matters to the party central leadership. Such issues would be handled by the Politburo."
Meanwhile, Achuthanandan's war cry has boosted the morale of his camp. "His sympathisers were confused about the next course of action. His open message to the party leadership and workers alike has reinforced that he would not comprise on the Lavalin case," said a leader from the VS camp.
The official faction is exerting pressure on the party central leadership to crack the whip on Achuthanandan, who has openly defied the party line on the Lavalin scandal. Pinarayi Vijayan's confidant and party state committee member P Jayarajan, while taking part in a discussion, said no party leader, whatever be his stature in the organisation, was above the party line. Every CPI(M) worker is bound to follow the party discipline, he said.