LS ‘Hot’ Seat Row: Pannian Shelves Plan to Go on Leave

Published: 14th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2014 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

KANNUR: Rattled by the continuing onslaught against the CPI and his stand as party secretary, in the wake of the payment seat controversy attracting the butt of all criticism, Pannian Raveendran has decided to not go on leave on medical grounds.

Pannian.jpg“I had plans to take a few days’ rest, owing to health reasons. Now, I understand that taking leave would send out a wrong message.

“I will be going back to Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday,” Pannian told mediapersons here, flaying reports which said that he went on “a long leave without informing the party”. He also dismissed the campaign that he was a weak party secretary and retorted whether the party could have embarked upon  ‘bold corrective measures’ now, if the secretary was indeed a weakling.

He also said that the CPI has decided to change the mode of finalising candidates in the light of recent incidents.

“Candidates would be decided in future by the state council instead of the state secretariat,” he informed. “Backdoor entry of candidates is not a desirable tendency for any party.

“The disciplinary action and ‘correction’ initiated in the CPI over the candidature of Dr Bennett Abraham in Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha election was a model for other parties,” he claimed. He said that the CPI is committed to taking up the task of strengthening the party from the grassroots level.

“The disciplinary action against leaders in connection with the candidature row of Bennett Abraham shows the inner strength of the CPI and the party workers are highly appreciative of the moves. The process of strengthening the party would begin soon by convening party general bodies in every district,” the CPI state secretary said.

He also underscored that factionalism has not reared in the party over the disciplinary action as is being made out.

“The state council took the decisions unanimously,” he claimed.

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