V S resents at Politburo’s move to pull him up

The CPI-M Politburo’s move to pull up Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan for sidestepping the state leadership over lottery issue is likely to sharpen the divide in the state unit when Assembly polls are drawing close.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 12:05 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI-M Politburo’s move to pull up Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan for
sidestepping the state leadership over lottery issue is likely
to sharpen the divide in the state unit when Assembly polls
are drawing close.

Achuthanandan, however, is learnt to have taken exception over
the decision and appearance of reports in media that he was
going to be censured as an inner-party disciplinary procedure.

Achuthanandan had come under sharp attack from his rivals
for writing to the Centre seeking a CBI prone into
irregularities in operation of outside lotteries, siphoning off
thousands of crores of rupees from the state.

At the PB meeting that concluded at Kolkata yesterday,
the rival group led by the party state secretary Pinarayi
Vijayan had accused Achuthanandan of entirely sidestepping
the leadership on such a sensitive issue and that it involved
serious breach of organisation discipline.

Sources close to Achuthanandan said he would be writing to
the Politburo taking strong exception to leaking the report
of an inner-party action.

His contention would be that the central probe sought
against the lottery mafia was part of his battle against
corruption and how that could be seen as violation of party
discipline and principles.

This is the third time the party is taking action against
the 85-year-old Marxist veteran on charge of violating party
diktats in his last four-and-a-half years of leading the
government in the state.

He was demoted midway during his tenure from the Politburo to the Central Committee for openly airing his views on
the SNC-Lavalin case in which CPI-M state secretary and PB
member Pinarayi Vijayan is an accused.

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 PB the same year for an open verbal fight against
party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on inner party issues.

The censure against Achuthanandan will be reported to
the Central Committee at its next meeting though a public
statement is unlikely since it is not an open censure.

PTI