ALAPPUZHA: Making it amply clear to veteran leader V S Achuthanandan that the party is keen to see his return, CPM national general secretary Prakash Karat said that the party does not belong to any individual or any single leader but it is the common property of the people of Kerala.
Delivering the inaugural speech at the concluding public meet of the 21st state conference here on Monday, Karat said that despite the success of the conference, which displayed a high level of political and organisational unity, the absence of Achuthanandan was, however, a disappointment. The Kerala communist movement is enriched by contributions of leaders like Krishna Pillai, AKG and EMS. It was a collective effort and not one individual’s, Karat reminded. “VS should have been here. He has left on the second day of the conference. The party has asked him to come back. I too spoke to him but he didn’t come,” he said.
“VS is an inherent part of the party. He has made immense contributions to build the party here. We hope he would be with us in our continued struggle”, Karat said, adding that by accepting the common norms and discipline that he is obliged to follow as a senior leader.