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Achuthanandan to stay, but 3 aides face disciplinary action

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New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: The long-delayed sacking from the CPI-M of three staff members of Leader of the Opposition V.S Achuthanandan was effected Sunday at the two-day politburo and central committee meeting of the party in New Delhi.

Those booted out were Achuthanandan's press secretary K. Balakrishnan, additional private secretary V.K. Sasidharan and personal assistant A. Suresh - all were found to be leaking classified information about the deliberations of the 2008 Coimbatore Party Congress to the media in February 2010.

On Dec 30 last year, the CPI (M) State committee had decided to oust the three. But, Achuthanandan took up this issue with the national leadership and managed to get it delayed till now.

"This is clipping the wings of Achuthanandan... but the party has wisely decided not to take any action on the decision made by the state leadership to oust him from the post of leader of opposition. Since a Lok Sabha election is shortly due, they know taking on Achuthanandan directly would be counter-productive," K.M. Shahjahan, a former Achuthanandan aide thrown out of the party a few years back, said in Thiruvanathapuram.

Suresh has been his companion at the meet for the past two days. Meanwhile, Sasidharan refused to comment. "I have nothing to say on these reports because I have no clue and I have no knowledge of any decisions," he said in Thiruvanathapuram.

Meanwhile, the Delhi meeting also decided to appoint a commission to enquire into the points raised by Achuthanandan in his letter given to the politburo Saturday.

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