Saturday, February 14, 2009

VS,Vijayan may iron out differences at PB

New delhi: The day-long Polit Bureau meeting of the CPI(M) began here Saturday amid raging controversy over differences between Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and Party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

Rumours about the Chief Minister's likely" expulsion" have been doing the rounds for quite some time since he reportedly defied the party line over the CBI's move to prosecute Mr Vijayan in the SNC- Lavalin case. Senior party leader Rup Chand Pal told UNI today the meeting was expected to iron out the differences.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the Chief Ministers of Kerala and Tripura, other senior leaders including Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, S R Pillai and Brinda Karat were attending the meeting.

Mr Pal said the 17-member PB would discuss among other things the party strategy for the April- May Lok Sabha polls, the potential allies for the purpose, the Sri Lanka situation and the Indo-Pak ties in the backdrop of the neighbouring country's admission about the plot of 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks "partially" planned on its soil.

The 17-member PB in session at the party Headqaurters- A K Gopalan Bhawan would also delibrate upon the impact of the recession and the global meltdown on Indian economic scene- with over two million already lost jobs, the lay offs and retrenchments among other things, he added.

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