Bringing a brief hiatus to the rift within the CPM in Ernakulam district unit, A K Kumaran has been made the new secretary of the Udayamperoor local committee, where factional feud had earlier reached a tipping point.
The decision was taken in consensus at the crucial local committee meet held at the Lenin Centre here on Tuesday. With this, the long-standing feud between the official and VS factions at Udayamperoor has been tethered.
Kumaran, party’s senior leader in the district and a VS loyalist, will replace T N Raghuvaran, whom the VS faction selected as the secretary against the party decision.
Tuesday’s local committee meeting, attended by district secretary C M Dinesh Mani, state committee member K Chandran Pillai, district leaders C V Ouseph and T R Gopinath, took the decision.
The leaders had earlier conveyed the party’s official stand and made it clear that Raghuvaran cannot continue as the local committee secretary.
At the meeting, T N Raghuvaran and Raju urged that their opinion should be heard before taking a final decision.
It’s learnt that a final decision on appointing an enquiry commission to look into the complaints raised by Raghuvaran and Raju will be taken at the district committee meeting to be held, in the presence of polit buro member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, on Sunday.
Till the enquiry commission submits its final report, no action will be taken against both of them, sources said.
Meanwhile, the VS faction at Udayemperoor did a volte-face from their earlier stand to take out separate agitations over the LPG price hike issue. This in fact saved the party from major embarrassment in the district.
The district secretariat,as a last-ditch effort to end factionalism, decided to convene a meeting of the Udayamperoor local committee at the District Headquarters of the party on Monday.
The decision was taken after a suggestion came up before the secretariat not to take any major action against Raghuvaran.
The faction feud, over the post of Udayamperoor local committee secretary, had created deep fissures within the party in the district. Following the issue, the VS faction had taken out a protest march last week.
In view of the looming Lok Sabha polls, the party district leadership had deferred from taking any stringent action against the local committee members, as it feared a backlash during the polls.