New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Monday dismissed
reports that it had decided to initiate disciplinary action
against Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan for
approaching the Centre for a CBI probe into the lottery issue
without taking the party leadership into confidence.
"The Politburo has not taken any such decision. We
have not discussed the issue. Reports contrary to that are
false," CPI(M) Politburo member S Ramachandran Pillai told
His comments came in the backdrop of a section of the
media reporting that the Politburo decided to censure the
Chief Minister on the contentious lottery issue in the state.
Achutanandan had come under sharp attack from his
detractors for approaching the Centre for a CBI probe into
alleged irregularites in the operation of lotteries from
outside the state involving thousands of crores of rupees.
The 85-year-old Marxist was demoted midway during his
tenure from the Politburo to the Central Committee for openly
airing views on the SNC-Lavalin case in which CPI-M state
secretary and plitburo member Pinarayi Vijayan is an accused.
The case relates to alleged irregularities in some power
projects when Vijayan was the energy minister.
He was earlier censured for his views against
receiving ADB loans by the state in 2007, which was contrary
to the stand taken by the party. Achuthanandan was also
suspended from the politburo the same year for an open verbal
fight against Vijayan on party issues.