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Yet to decide on expelling VS aides, says Karat

Yet to decide on expelling VS aides, says Karat

Kolkata: Hinting that an inner party inquiry is on over the expulsion of three close aides of former Kerala chief minister V S Achuthanandan from the party, the CPI-M said that no decision has been taken as recommended by the Kerala state committee.

“The state committee has taken a decision to expel three persons. According to our party constitution any action taken by a committee needs approval of a higher committee,” party general secretary Prakash Karat told a press conference here.

“Since we were meeting here for the last two and a half days, we couldn’t take it up on the agenda. We will take it up in the next central committee meeting. Nothing has been decided on this issue,” Karat said when asked about the fate of the three aides of VS.

In what was widely seen as yet another move to further contain Achuthanandan, the CPM state committee, headed by his bete noire Pinarayi Vijayan earlier decided to expel three members of his personal staff from the party on the charge of leaking party information to the media.

Those against whom the action has been proposed include Achuthanandan’s press secretary K Balakrishnan, personal assistant A Suresh and additional private secretary V K Sasidharan, who serve as staff in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition in the state.

“We have felt that an inquiry should be conducted and that process of inquiry is on. It is an internal party inquiry. I won’t divulge any more details about it,” Karat said.

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