Kollam: Veteran CPI leader and former
Lok Sabha member, C K Chandrappan, was unanimously re-elected
as secretary of CPI Kerala state unit by the state party
conference of the party that ended here Saturday.
The conference also chose an 89-member state council and
nine-member control commission.
Suave and soft spoken, 75-year-old Chandrappan is an ardent
Communist with an unsullied reputation. He was elected to the
Lok Sabha from Thalassery (now Kannur) and Thrissur and to the
state Assembly once from his hometown, Cherthala.
Chandrappan later told reporters that the central theme of
the party meet was strengthening the Left unity to build a
"credible alternative" to Congress and BJP "both wedded to the
neoliberal economic and pro-US foreign policies".
On the spat between CPI(M) and CPI in Kerala on the eve of
their respective party meets, he said such "irritants" should
not be allowed to come in the way of the unity of the Left
In a dig at CPI-M leaders, however, he said while engaging
in a political debate it was important to use decent words and expressions and ensure that certain standards were kept even when engaging political rivals.
CPI(M) leaders had termed as "quite deplorable" critical
views aired by Chandrappan on contentious issues such as
display of the painting of Jesus Christ at an exhibition
organised by CPI(M) ahead of its state conference.
His comment that CPI-M was organising its state meet by
roping in event managers had also stung the party.
Son of C K Kumara Panikkar, a leading figure of the Vayalar
uprising on the eve of the freedom movement against the
royal administration of the princely state Travancore,
Chadrappan entered politics as an activist of the student and
youth wings of the undivided Communist Party.
After the split in the Indian Communist movement, he chose
to be with CPI and was known as a close adherent of the
political line of Congress-Communist alliance.
He took over as the state secretary two years ago after the
incumbent Veliyam Bhargavan gave up the party post on health