Vijayan denies CPI-M sought to dump Achuthanandan
CPI(M) Kerala unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday denied that the party state leadership had sought to dump V S Achuthanandan in the assembly polls but made a volte-face under pressure from the central leadership.
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) Kerala unit
secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday denied that the party state
leadership had sought to dump V S Achuthanandan in the
assembly polls but made a volte-face under pressure from the
"We have discussed and taken decision on candiates only at
one stage and Achuthanandan`s name was there at that stage,"
Vijayan told a meet-the-press here.
On reports of the party`s flip-flop on the matter, he said
the media were also capable of flashing news on issues about
which they did not have the correct information.
Vijayan, seen as a rival to Achuthanandan in the fractious
state unit of CPI(M), said the question of who should become
Chief Minister after the polls would be decided after the
results were out as that had been the practice in the party.
"We will decide who should be the Chief Minister as soon
as the results are known," he said.
He said the impression that he and Achuthanandan were at
loggerheads on all issues was a malicious propaganda.
Vijayan said the LDF was absolutely confident of securing
a fresh mandate on the strength of the LDF Government`s
"The LDF government has been able to revive the state in
all sectors after it was left in an extremely bad shape by
the previous UDF ministry."
Asked how this optimism could be taken for granted
considering the drubbing LDF received in the Lok Sabha and
civic polls,he said the situations were different then and now
as the basic theme of the assembly elections is the state
Seeking to downplay SFI leader Sindhu Joy`s resignation from
CPI(M), Vijayan said her complaint that she had been neglected
by the party was totally baseless. Sindu was made a candidate
in 2006 assembly polls and 2009 Lok Sabha polls, he said.
Vijayan dismissed as a "cooked up story" the charge of
CPI-M leader P Jayarajan roughing up a television reporter in
Kannur during an election talk show.