New Delhi: On the backfoot on the issue of political killings in Kerala, CPI(M) on Monday said it has asked senior leader V S Achutanandan and others not to air their views in public on the subject.
The two-day meeting of the party Central Committee, which ended here yesterday, discussed the prevailing political situation in Kerala and alleged there has been a concerted campaign blaming CPI(M) for the murder of rebel leader TP Chandrasekharan.
"The Central Committee has asked the state committee to discuss the issues arisen in the past one month. Polit Bureau members will also attend the meeting. The Polit Bureau will then come to some conclusion.
"Polit Bureau has also asked Achutanandan and other leaders not to make any public statement or air their views In the matter," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here.
Achutanandan`s remarks on the killing of Chandrasekharan, who had left CPI(M) following differences, objecting to Kerala CPI(M) Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan calling the victim a renegade, had put CPI(M) in a fix. He had also written to Karat seeking a change of leadership in the party`s Kerala unit.
Asked whether the party central leadership is afraid of taking disciplinary action against a popular leader like Achutandan, Karat said "individuals are not supreme. I am not the supreme leader of the party as you may see in other parties.
"...We don`t have a high command. There are procedures and in this case, the state committee is the forum to discuss the matter. They will discuss the matter," he said.
In a statement, the party alleged there has been a concerted campaign blaming CPI(M) unleashed by Congress and the UDF government in the state.