CPM feud flares up as Achuthanandan lambasts Vijayan

Achuthanandan was dropped from the CPI(M) politburo a few years ago for challenging the party line on a corruption case in which Vijayan figured.

Updated: May 12, 2012, 20:03 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The factional war in Kerala CPI-M unit intensified today with party stalwart V S Achuthanandan lashing out at his bete noir and state Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan for calling Marxist rebels `betrayers` and reminded him of the 1964 Communist split.

Sharpening his attack on Vijayan for the second time in less than a week for dubbing party rebels like recently murdered T P Chandrasekharan as "betrayers and renegades", Achuthanandan said his approach was as bad as the autocratic line adopted by late S A Dange on the eve of the Communist party split.

"I am one of those 30 odd people who came out of the national council of the undivided CPI in 1964 marking the culmination of our struggle against revisionist trends in the movement. We were then dubbed as class enemies and betrayers by Dange. But in due course our line has been proved right", Achuthanandan told a press meet here.

"Those who are calling the rebels as betrayers and renegades now are adopting the same autocratic approach", he said.

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, however, downplayed the factional war stating, "I have nothing to say now. No problem. There is no problem. We will discuss it when we have to (discuss it)".

"We will find out and let you know if there is anything", Karat told reporters.
The fresh war has broken out between Achuthanandan and Vijayan after the recent murder of Chandrasekharan, who was once his loyalist before floating the Revolutionary Marxist Party on being expelled from CPI-M.

Reacting to the 88-year old Achuthanandan`s fresh attack on him, Vijayan said the party would discuss the development and take an appropriate decision.

Talking to reporters in Kozhikode, Vijayan wanted all those holding responsible positions in the organisation to maintain restraint till the party discussed the development.
The feud in the state unit has intensified when the
CPI(M)-led LDF is locked in a fierce battle with the Congress-led UDF in the Neyyattinakara assembly by-poll.

"Ours is not a party like Congress where the decision of the high command could be imposed on the lower tiers. Our practise is to have detailed discussions within the party before formulating a stand on any issue", Achuthanandan said.

He said the party`s approach was that the rebels who had left the organisation over various issues, including ideological deviations, should be brought back by convincing them about the correctness of the party line.

Asked if his open assertion against the leadership would not lead to disciplinary action, he quipped, "let us see".

Achuthanandan, a central committee member and the Opposition leader in the state assembly, was dropped from the CPI(M) politburo a few years ago for challenging the party line on a corruption case in which Vijayan figured.

On the reluctance of the central leadership to intervene in the latest development, Achuthanandan said he expected that the central leaders would discuss the issue and take a stand.

An unruffled Vijayan said this was not the time to react to the development but to concentrate on the Neyyattinakara by-poll and unitedly resist all sorts of attack on the party.

Chandrasekharan was a popular CPI(M) leader from the party stronghold Onjiyam before he was expelled for questioning the ideological deviations and opulent lifestyle of a section of the leaders.

Talking to reporters at Kozhikode, Vijayan also wanted party workers to remain alert and resist unitedly any attempt to weaken the CPI(M).

Alleging that a concerted move was on to destroy the CPI(M), Vijayan said during 1972 a Forward Bloc leader was murdered in West Bengal and CPI(M) was blamed for it.
Asserting that his party had nothing to do with the murder of Chandrasekharan, Vijayan alleged that some UDF leaders were trying to influence the investigation from the beginning.

Meanwhile, eminent Bengali writer and activist Mahasweta Devi today visited the home of Chandrasekharan at Onjiyam in Kozhikode district and voiced concern over reports alleging that CPI(M) could be behind the murder of the rebel Marxist.
"They should be swept away in West Bengal and Kerala. Let new political parties come up", Devi, who spearheaded the campaign against the industrial policy of West Bengal when the state was under the Left Front rule, told reporters.

The writer, who spent about 30 minutes with the bereaved family, said what had happened was "heart-breaking" and wanted cultural leaders and intelligentsia to raise their voice against the incident.