T’Puram: CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Wednesday said that his focus was on taking the party forward unitedly to face the challenges lying ahead.
Replying to discussions in the two-day state committee meeting, he said what he did not mean was that action would be initiated against those state committee members who had voted against the panel of new secretariat members. Kodiyeri also clarified that he did not consider that the eight members had acted with the intention of reviving factional feuds in the party.
Former VS loyalists K Chandran Pillai, S Sarma, Mercykutty Amma, C S Sujatha, C K Sadasivan, Pirappancode Murali and M Chandran had voted against the official panel of Secretariat members when election was held on April 25. They wanted Sarma, Chandran Pillai and Mercykutty Amma to be inducted into the new secretariat.
When the state committee meeting began on Wednesday, the Kannur lobby unleashed an all-round attack on them. Kodiyeri had pointed out that the contest triggered an unnecessary controversy and had warned of strong action against any effort to revive factional activities.
According to him, eight state committee members from the VS faction could not have united to vote against the official panel if it was not factional feud.
The state committee also decided to prepare the party to face local body elections.
As part of the preparations, the party would take up local issues.
It would also galvanise the workers to take up pre-monsoon cleaning drive scheduled for May 24.