Alappuzha: CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Saturday has said Opposition leader V.S Achuthanandan’s walkout from the party conference in Alappuzha can’t be seen as an act of breaching party discipline.
“He left the party conference after informing us that he wanted to leave. He had never said that he was going out as a mark of protest,” Kodiyeri said during the media briefing on the second day of the 21st CPI (M) State conference here.
“Party discipline is of utmost importance and that anyone in the party is accountable to it,” he said adding that “Achuthanandan’s today’s walk-out from the conference can’t be seen as an act of breach of discipline.”
In a dramatic turn of events, CPI(M) veteran and former chief minister V S Achuthanandan today walked out of the party's state conference in Alappuzha.
The party meet had a turbulent start with the state secretariat coming out with a virtual indictment of the senior leader for shooting off a letter to the central leadership castigating party affairs under his bete noire Vijayan.
The resolution adopted by the party accused the founder leader of having stooped to the level of a "factionalist" and betraying "anti-party mindset" through repeated breach of discipline.
Achuthanandan had reacted sharply to the charges and the way they were made open through a press meet by Vijayan.
The state leadership, however, justified the decision to publicise the resolution, arguing it was necessary to clear the confusion created by Achuthanandan's letter and its leak to the media.