Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kerala CPM faction wants chief minister’s scalp over Vijayan row


The dominant faction in the Kerala CPM has stepped up its campaign for ouster of Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, fielding a Cabinet colleague to question the latter’s party loyalty and drafting a petition to the politburo, citing his alleged anti-party activities.

The party newspaper meanwhile has come out with an editorial, saying power and position do not deter a true Marxist from criticizing the Courts and

the CBI. Achuthanandan, locked in a bitter feud with CPM State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, says he will abide by the Constitution than toe the party line that backs Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin graft case. Cooperation Minister G Sudhakaran, unleashed a one-and-a-half hour harangue at the Kerala University Employees Union, saying a Communist who claimed to be impartial after being entrusted with electoral office was not a Communist.

“You may be a Minister, MLA or panchayat president today because of the party. But after getting into that position, if you say you are neutral, then you are not a Marxist…it’s the responsibility of a true Communist to rally behind the party in crisis. “This party is not a party of traitors …not of those who seek personal revenge”, Sudhakaran thundered at the union meeting.

Even as he alluded to Achutahanandan’s un-Marxist attributes, Sudhakaran glorified Pinarayi Vijayan, who is leading a popular march to the State capital. The editorial in the party newspaper, Deshabhimani, titled “Misuse of Power”, reminded Achuthanandan, though indirectly, that once the CPM politburo had taken a position, it’s the responsibility of the party workers to propagate the party line and intervene effectively on its behalf. The editorial compared Achuthanandan’s anti-party activities to the sterling role played by his politburo colleague and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in attacking the CBI.

The Lok Ayukta the other day dismissed a petition, which had sought to disqualify Kodiyeri Balakrishnan for overstepping his ministerial brief and clarifying that Vijayan was being implicated in the Lavalin case.

The editorial said that Balakrishnan had, like a true Communist, sought to expose and foil conspiracies against

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