Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader and CPI(M) stalwart V.S Achuthanandan Monday rejected the party Polit Bureau's directive to return to the state conference being held in Alappuzha.
Achuthanandan, in a statement, said he was staying away from the party meet in the light of the party state secretariat resolution criticizing his stand.
"Since my differences with the party still persist, I'm unable to attend the concluding day's events. In the party's state secretariat resolution that was passed, I am picturised as an anti-party person. In this light, I feel it improper to attend the last day's conference and will not attend it," he said.
He also alleged that the CPI(M) ignored his demand to take action against the party leaders who were found accused by the court in the T.P murder case.
"Three party activists were named as accused in the murder and despite several pleas of mine to exclude all the three from the party, only one has been excluded. While the other two are not only retained in the party, they have been given posts too. This has caused a dent to the party image," the statement said.
After Achuthanandan’s decision not to return to the meet, a new panel for the state committee has been constituted excluding him. This is the first time the panel has been formed without the veteran leader.
Crisis in Kerala unit of the CPI(M) deepened Sunday with the Polit Bureau taking a tough view of founding-leader V S Achuthanandan’s boycott of the ongoing state conference over sharp differences with the state leadership.
On a day of high drama, a meeting of the available Polit Bureau members presided by national general secretary Prakash Karat yesterday concluded that the boycott of the conference by Achuthanandan was a serious mistake and wanted him to return to the meet.
Briefing reporters on the day’s developments, conference spokesperson and PB member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had said the party would not indulge in any “baragaining” as far as discipline was concerned.
“As far as CPI(M) is concerned, no one is above the party. Schismatic trends and factional activities would not be tolerated at any cost,” he said.
“VS is a veteran leader of the party and a Central Committee member. He is also a delegate to the conference and he has a responsibility to attend the conference,” he said.
Taking the party to an edge, 92-year-old Achuthanandan had boycotted the meet and returned to the state capital early today, sending clear signls to the leadership that he would not relent until his demands, including withdrawal of the recent party resolution against him were met.
The CPI(M) veteran’s “dissenting note” citing serious flaws in the conduct of the state unit meet under his arch foe Pinarayi Vijayan and its response from the state leadership had precipitated the crisis in the party.
The party meet had a stormy 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 Vijayan.