THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI national executive, which met in New Delhi, has postponed a discussion on the crisis in the state party unit over the ‘cash for seat’ controversy and asked the state leadership to refrain from making public statements. When the issue came up for discussion on Tuesday’s meeting, general secretary P Sudhakar Reddy told the leaders that the discussion on Kerala issue could be held later.
For the time being, he asked the Kerala leaders to refrain from making any public statement on the issue and vitiate the atmosphere further.
The national executive meeting had to consider the state council’s proposal demanding the removal of the national executive member C Divakaran who has been demoted to the state council from state executive for his role in fielding Bennet Abraham in the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat.
But, the national executive has decided to discuss the issue later in the national council meeting. Now it will take the case of initiating action against Divakaran for discussion at the national executive and central secretariat meeting before the national council meeting. It will also study the report being sent by the state unit of the party in this regard.
It is learnt that there is a strong demand for action against Divakaran as one section of the leaders is of the view that it will add to the image of the party and boost the morale of the cadre. But some leaders are advising restraint and of the view that it would create further crisis and help only to further tarnish the image of the party in the public eye. National executive members K E Ismail and state secretary Pannian Ravindran did not attend the meeting citing ill-health. The other two members Kanam Rajendran and Divakaran attended the meeting. Speaking to Express on condition of anonymity, one of the top leaders of the party said that there was no question of the central executive or even central council staying the decisions of the state council as the state council had acted under the purview of its authority extended to it by the party constitution.
He said that the national executive did not make any mention of the action taken against the leaders. About initiating further action against Divakaran, he said it was the national leadership to take a decision on the basis of the state committee’s action.