Thiruvananthapuram: The murder of former CPI(M) activist and RMP leader P T Chandrasekharan has fanned the feud between Marxist veteran V S Achuthanandan and the party`s powerful state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan with the old rivals clashing over the approach towards rebels.
Achuthanandan`s virtual denouncement of Vijayan for stating that rebels like Chandrasekharan, who have either left the party or have been expelled for valid reasons, could be seen only as betrayers and renegades, has fuelled a fresh war of words.
"This is not the party`s view. This is Vijayan`s personal view. The party`s approach is to take a positive approach towards the rebels and try to bring them back to the party", the 88-year-old leader said in Kozhikode yesterday.
The party leadership is under attack from the Congress in the context of the killing of Chandrasekharan at Vallikkad near Vatakara town in Kozhikode district last week.
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.
When he was in CPI-M, he was known to be a close supporter of Achuthanandan and after his expulsion he continued to challenge the party by floating the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP).
The Congress and UDF leaders in the state have alleged that the murder of Chandrasekharan was plotted by the CPI(M), a charge stoutly denied by the latter.
Unfazed by Achuthanandan`s comment, Vijayan said he stuck to what he had said as he could see those striving to break the party only as betrayers and renegades.
Earlier also, Achuthanandan has embarrassed the party by
describing Chandrasekharan as a "bold Communist" and rushed to pay his last respects after he was murdered.
The murder of Chandrasekharan and its political fallout has occurred when the CPI(M) is locked in a fierce fight with Congress-led UDF in the assembly bypoll from Neyyattinkara in down south.
The bypoll has been caused by resignation of CPI(M) MLA R Selvaraj, who is back in the fray as the Congress nominee and the LDF had launched the campaign on a high moral ground declaring the outcome in Neyyattinkara would be warning to political immorality like defection.
But the UDF has not only turned the Chandrasekharan murder as a campaign theme in the bypoll but Selvaraj has been harping that he left the CPI(M) and joined the Congress to avoid the fate of the RMP leader from Vatakara.