CPI-M plays down the `flip-flop` over Achuthanandan`s name
CPI-M on Tuesday down played the `flip-flop` over State Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan`s candidature for the April 13 assembly elections in Kerala and said that there was no confusion and dispute in the party on the matter.
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M on Tuesday down played
the `flip-flop` over State Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan`s
candidature for the April 13 assembly elections in Kerala and
said that there was no confusion and dispute in the party on
Party announced the candidates list on March 18 after due
organisational process and what ever news came out otherwise
were lack of understading the ways in which party works, CPI-M
Polit bureau member S R Ramachandran Pillai told a meet the
press programme here today.
The party had consultations at all levels before finalising
the candidates, Pillai added when asked about the confusion
over naming the 87-year old CPI-M veteran Achuthandandan`s
candidature from Malampuzha assembly segment.
Terming Achuthanandan`s as one of the prominent leader of
the party and LDF, Pillai said decision on next chief minister
if LDF returns to power would be taken after the poll results.
LDF in Kerala is seeking the people`s mandate for the
continuation of the developmet and other welfare schemes
initiated during Achuthanandan`s five-year rule, he said.
He said party gives much importance to polls in Kerala and
West Bengal as the its outcome would determine a new political
situation in the national level and strengthen the forces that
fight against the new-liber economic policies of the congress
led UPA government at the Centre.
Joining the row over the KPCC President using an Helicopeter
for poll campaign in the state, Pillai said it was clearly a
show of wealth. `There is no need to use an helicopter in a
place like Kerala`, he said.
Pillai also refuted the UDF charge that CPI-M leaders in
West Bengal used helicopter for poll campaign.
Pillai said political situation in Kerala had changed since
the Parliament elections in 2009, when the LDF received major
political set back.
`There was confusion in the minds of the people about the
decision the CPI-M to support the Congress led UPA government
between 2004-08`, he said. However, he said party was right in
extending support to UPA government considering the particuler
political situation and also in withdrawing its support on