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Chennithala takes dig at CPI-M on NVM tie-up

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Thiruvananthapuram: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday took a dig at the CPI-M for its decision to tie-up with the NaMo Vichar Manch (NVM), saying that the distance between the CPI-M and BJP has shortened.

“The CPI-M is aimed at a short term benefit,” Chennithala told reporters here.

When asked about the JSS’s decision to quit the UDF, the Home Minister has said it is up to Gowriyamma to decide whether to leave or stay with the UDF.

“We are not ready for further talks on the matter,” he added.

Meanwhile, The CPI-M State secretariat has decided to refer the issue of welcoming former BJP cadres in Kannur -- who had formed a parallel organization NaMo Vichar Manch -- to the party state committee. The view of the secretariat will be reported at the state committee meeting on Sunday and a final decision will be taken after knowing the views of the state committee.

It is learnt that there was stiff resistance in the state secretariat from a section of members to the idea of welcoming BJP rebels led by O K Vasu. However, the majority was of the view that it was an opportunity to gain political mileage ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

"O K Vasu and group have considerable clout in Panoor constituency which is part of Vadakara Lok Sabha constituency," said a senior CPM leader. At Vadakara, the party faces a tough challenge from the RMP and the support of ex-BJP cadres will benefit the CPM during the Lok Sabha polls, he said.

The CPI-M secretariat also criticized opposition leader V S Achuthanandan for making public comments on T P Chandrasekharan murder case verdict and NaMo Vichar Manch.

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