In an apparent move to further provoke the central leadership of the CPM to initiate action against him on the eve of the crucial central committee meeting of the party scheduled for Saturday, party veteran and Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said here on Friday that he would not mind any disciplinary action against him.
Answering a query of mediapersons whether the central leadership was planning disciplinary action, he said that he did not think the central committee would discuss initiating any disciplinary action against him.
Asked whether he was apprehensive of the disciplinary action, he told the reporters that he would not mind any disciplinary action.
He made this emphatic statement when he came to inaugurate a meeting of the nurses organisation. Later, in the afternoon, he left for New Delhi to attend the central committee meeting scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, the CPM state leadership has conveyed the strong sentiments expressed against Achuthanandan by state committee and state secretariat members in the respective meetings held last month to the politburo, which is discussing the alleged breach of party discipline by Achuthanandan and his personal staff members.
The state secretary and politburo member, Pinarayi Vijayan, had prepared a dossier containing a series of breach of discipline and anti-party activities of Achuthanandan in the recent past and distributed the same among the politburo members.
It is learnt that he personally tried to convince the PB members that there was no way out other than sacking VS from the party. In the case of not expelling VS from the party, Pinarayi Vijayan and his loyalists would be content with the suspension or removal of VS from the central committee, state committee and state secretariat.
However, according to reliable sources in the party based in New Delhi, the first round of discussions held in the politburo could not arrive at a decision on disciplinary action against VS.