New Delhi: The CPI-M on Thursday said there was
"no confusion" within the party on the candidature of Kerala
Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan for the upcoming assembly
polls and the process to finalise the list of candidates in
the state was currently on.
"There is no confusion at all. We have a process to
finalise the candidates and that process is on. Let it be
over. Everything will be clear," senior party leader Sitaram
Yechury told reporters here.
He was asked whether there was "any confusion" in the
CPI-M over Achuthanandan`s candidature. The party`s Kerala
state unit has deferred till next week a decision to finalise
the list of candidates for the April 13 assembly polls. The
state committee is likely to meet on March 16 after finalising
the seat-sharing with other LDF partners.
Asked about General Secretary Prakash Karat announcing
that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would lead the poll battle in
West Bengal but nothing about Achuthanandan, Yechury said the
West Bengal unit had decided on Bhattacharjee`s leadership
earlier itself, whereas the matter was yet to be finalised by
the Kerala party.
To a question whether CPI-M regretted making PJ
Thomas the Kerala Chief Secretary in 2007 when he was facing
charges in the Palmolein import scam, he said LDF government
had re-opened the palmolein case after it was closed by the
previous Congress-led UDF government.
"The same Achuthanandan government had appointed
someone else as the chief secretary. But the IAS officers
wanted the seniority criteria to be maintained. It was only
then that Thomas was appointed as chief secretary."
While quashing Thomas` appointment as Central
Vigilance Commissioner, he said the Supreme Court had made a
distinction between the posts of chief secretary and Telecom
Secretary, held by Thomas earlier, observing that the
integrity of a constitutional institution like CVC should be
To questions on the Joint Parliamentary Committee of
which he is a member, Yechury said the role of Thomas, who was
the Telecom Secretary when the 2G spectrum was being
allocated, could "be under the scanner".
Asked whether journalists, whose names figure in the
Niira Radia tapes, would be called by JPC, he said those who
can "throw some light" on the scam might be called.