Kasargod: The rift in Kerala's ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) continued to widen Tuesday with party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan saying that it made no difference whether Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan attended the statewide march of the party.
'His presence or absence is not at all a problem because the decision for the statewide march was taken by the Central Committee of the party in which all are there,' Vijayan said when asked about Achuthanandan's decision to not participate in the march.
Pinarayi said that the absence of V S Achuthanandhan in the Nava kendra yatra created no big problems. He was addressing the press in Kasargod this morning.
The Nava kendra yatra led by Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday got off to a colourful start and the public response to the rally has been overwhelming as seen in Uppala. Politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai flagged off the march led by Vijayan from Udma in Kasargode district Monday. Achuthanandan had then told reporters that he would not take part in the march at any stage.
Pinarayi said he had read media reports about Achuthanandhan's statements informing the party High Command about not participating in the yatra and stressing on the fact that nothing need to be elaborated to the media. This statement seems to apply to all, Pinarayi said.
When asked about the Court notice to Pinarayi in the SNC Lavlin issue, he said that the reply need to be given to the court only.
Highlighting the achiements of the Nava kendra yatra he said that irrelevant matters are being discussed. Matters relating to development are not being discussed. He also said that Congress is not peoperly retaliating against communalism. The aim of the party is a government without the Congress or the BJP.
The Nava Kerala Yathra, sanctioned by the central committee of the party in December, will cover the 140 assembly constituencies in the state and conclude with a massive rally in the state capital Feb 25.
Achuthanandan and Vijayan are known rivals and head the two factions of the party. The chief minister had for long maintained silence over Vijayan's alleged involvement in the multi-million rupee scam, while most CPI-M leaders had openly defended the state party secreatary.
The Congress-led opposition lost no time in criticising the rift in the CPI-M and said that the march held no significance.
'The march has lost its relevance because the CPI-M has failed to convince Achuthanandan on the reason behind the march being held,' Congress legislator V.D. Sateeshan told reporters.