THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The two-day CPI state council meeting, which began here on Friday, came down heavily on the party state leadership for the ‘disgrace’ brought to the party by the ‘payment seat’ issue.
Considering the party commission report on the issue, the members sought the resignation of state secretary Pannian Raveendran who, according to them, remained a mute witness to the dirty dealings of the senior leaders.
Referring to the commission report which found the leaders guilty of accepting bribe to gift the Lok Sabha seat to a party outsider like Dr Bennet Abraham against, whom party cadres had raised several complaints in connection with the self-financing medical college management issue, all the 29 members who spoke on the first day attacked leader C Divakaran, P Ramachandran Nair and district secretary Venjarammoodu Sasi.
Some of the members said it was ‘’those traitors’’ who are engaged in defaming and criticising the party commission.They learned to have said that some of the leaders had become wealthy after trading the Lok Sabha seat for bribe. The general sentiment in the meeting was not for fixing responsibility on one or two leaders.
As the entire state secretariat had been responsible for allotting the seat even after the district council’s objections to the candidature of Bennet, the members wanted the removal of the entire secretariat.
A decision on disciplinary action would be taken only on Saturday. Even though the state council calls for action, it will require the state executive committee to meet simultaneously to initiate action. But initiating action against C Divakaran requires the permission of the national council. T Purushothaman presided over the meeting. State secretary Pannian Raveendran, national executive council member C Divakaran, K E Ismail, Kanam Rajendran, state assistant secretaries C N Chandran and K Prakash Babu attended.