Thiruvananthapuram: In a deep embarrassment to CPI(M), party stalwart V S Achuthanandan on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, supporting the demand for a CBI probe into the "conspiracy" behind the murder of RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan, contradicting the party`s official stand on the issue.
This was confirmed by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala shortly after the state Cabinet decided to seek a CBI probe, after which the slain leader`s wife called off her five-day indefinite fast.
While sections in CPI(M) expressed doubts about the veracity of the letter, a personal aide at Achuthanandan`s office confirmed that such a letter had been sent.
While addressing a press meet, Chennithala read out contents of the letter in which Achuthanandan said he expected the government would consider Rema`s demand.
The nonagenarian leader also said government`s attitude towards Rema`s struggle had been negative and no action was taken on a petition submitted by her a month back.
He pointed out that the government had not taken any step on the matter despite the advice of Director General of Prosecution that a further a probe was possible.
Cashing in on the divide in CPI(M) over the issue, Chennithala said Achuthanandan`s letter could be treated as the view of the entire LDF on the issue since he is the leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
The procedures for recommending a CBI probe would be completed soon since even the Opposition had supported such a course of action, Chennithala added.
Earlier also, the disconnect between Achuthanandan and the CPI(M) state unit controlled by its secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on the issue had come to the fore.
A couple of weeks ago, the party had expressed open resentment against Achuthanandan for making some remarks supporting the RMP`s demand.
The Marxist stalwart also embarrassed the party by visiting Chandrasekharan`s family members to share their sorrow and distancing himself from the state`s leadership stand that the slain leader from Onchiyam was a "renegade."