Kerala Chief Minister’s outburst at media: CPM central leadership unhappy

The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday ordered the reporters and cameramen to ‘get out’ of the venue, during bilateral talks between CPM and BJP.

Published: 02nd August 2017 07:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2017 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan speaking to media after the meeting between BJP, RSS and CPM leaders in his presence. (EPS | Kaviyoor Santhosh)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPM central leadership is not much impressed with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s outburst at the media, ahead of the peace talks on Monday. The leadership feels it could have been avoided.Though the CPM central leadership hasn’t made any public statement, there’s a general feeling the Chief Minister shouting at the media should have been avoided. 

“All events and discussions cannot be done under media coverage. But is it the way it should be done is a question,” party sources said. Some of them feel the Chief Minister ordering the media out would create a negative impression among the general public. The party leadership is learnt to be unhappy with the way the law and order scenario was handled. While some leaders feel the situation that warranted Governor’s summoning should have been avoided others feel the Governor’s intervention itself was not right. 

“It’s not unusual as the Prime Minister often meets the President and discusses various things. There seems nothing wrong in the Chief Minister meeting the Governor to appraise him of the situation. But the Tweet informing the media about the decisions taken was not very usual,” said a senior CPM leader. 

The leadership is the view the government should have called the peace talks. But now a general impression has been created the meeting was convened as per the Governor’s directives. 
The party has always been opposed to Governors being given additional powers. Hence the Chief Minister need not have gone for such a meeting with the Governor, they say.

CPM leadership meet from today
Amidst the slew of controversies over political violence in the state, including the Governor summoning the Chief Minister and Pinarayi’s outburst against the media, a three-day CPM leadership meet will begin in the state capital on Wednesday.  The state secretariat on Wednesday and the two-day state committee for the next two days are expected to look into the current political scenario in the state. The leadership meetings, to be attended by politburo members S Ramachandran Pillai and M A Baby, will also look into the ways to deal with the crisis in which the party and the government have found themselves in.

CPM, BJP exhort cadre to be calm
The bilateral talks between the district leaders of CPM and BJP-RSS on Tuesday decided to exhort activists not to escalate tension. Both sides took the stand the attacks  against houses of party workers and people’s representatives should be condemned. The CPM, BJP and RSS arrived at an understanding none of them will engage in making provocative statements.


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