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Kerala Opposition Leader Achuthanandan Toes Yechury Line

Published: 29th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2014 08:49 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: On the third day of the brainstorming session of the CPM’s Central Committee (CC), the party leadership came in for severe attack from its members, particularly from veteran leader from Kerala V S Achuthanandan.

Achuthanandan.jpgAlmost toeing the Yechury line, Achuthanandan has come down heavily on the manner in which the party has been run both at the national level and in Kerala. In a note circulated to the CC members, he said that party had major setback in the general elections since it preached something and practised something else.

He pointed out that the CPM could have made considerable gains during the recent Lok Sabha polls, but the Congress, which crumbled across the country, managed to hold on in Kerala because of wrong candidate selection by the Left.

Maintaining that the CPM’s stance was to not to align with communal parties, Achuthanandan pointed out that the party had alliance with the PDP in Kerala. “Now we have to reorganise the party,” his note read.

After senior leader Sitaram Yechury virtually challenged the official document on the political line the CPM should pursue, it was the turn of Achuthanandan to slam the party leadership. Sources said that after so much criticism, party general secretary Prakash Karat will be forced to amend the official document.

Sources said that Left Democratic Front convener in Kerala Vaikom Viswan also raised similar points in support of Yechury’s stance. The discussions have reflected the differences over how to overcome the growing political isolation in the national political arena, sources added.

The 93-member CC had received a number of notes from its members -both supporting the strategy of the current leadership and against it after Yechury virtually challenged the official document.

Though the CC on Tuesday concluded brainstorming on the CPM’s organisational strategy and discussed broadly outlines and analyses, the present strengths and weaknesses of the organisation and its structure, it will meet for some time on Wednesday to give final shape to the draft political-organisational report.

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