War of words in Kerala CPI(M)

OUR BUREAU Kochi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on February 19, 2015

On the eve of the crucial State conference of the CPI(M), the feud between the leaders of the two factions in the party, Leader of the Opposition VS Achuthanandan and State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, reached a new high on Thursday.

Both made furious remarks against each other to the media just hours before the conference, which the national leaders would attend.

The latest verbal duel was over the leak to the media of Achuthanandan’s “alternative note” to the State Committee report.

The note lists several charges against Vijayan and his leadership flaws.

It also calls him dictatorial and arrogant.

The note, obviously made several days back and discussed at the State secretariat of the party, was published by a Malayalam newspaper two days ahead of the conference.

Counters charges

This immensely infuriated the Pinarayi Vijayan-led official faction. Vijayan called a press conference at Alappuzha, where the State conference is to be held, and countered all charges levelled against him by Achuthanandan.

He also alleged that Achuthandanan is continuously violating party discipline.

The 91-year-old Achuthanandan hit back at Vijayan, telling media persons that he “rejected with contempt” the latter’s statement.

Published on February 19, 2015
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