CPM leader admits mistakes to avert
party punishment

Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPM) veteran and Kerala opposition leader V S Achuthanandan has sought to avert further disciplinary action by admitting his mistakes over which he was censured by the party central committee twice in the past six months.

The 88-year-old leader admitted two mistakes pointed out by the central committee at the state committee meeting here on Wednesday. They related to his anti-party stand over the murder of Marxist rebel T P Chandrashekharan and Kuduankulam nuclear power plant.

Achuthanandan, who had faced vehement criticism from both his friends and foes in the state committee on the first of the meeting on Tuesday, said his visit to the house of the slain leader’s widow on the day of the by-election at Neyyattinkara and his move to go to Kudankulam for pledging open support to the agitation demanding closure of the nuclear plant were wrong.

He said he was under big pressure from anti-nuke activists to visit Kudankulam in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. He said he had decided to undertake the visit after a section of his supporters forced him and added that it was not intended to defy the party.

The senior leader, who had proceeded to the venue of the protests on September 18, was stopped by the Tamil Nadu police on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border citing law and order problems.

He has also reportedly admitted that his comparison of party’s state secretary and his arch-rival Pinarayi Vijayan with late S A Dange, whose autocratic style of functioning led to the split in the Communist Party in 1964, was a mistake. The opposition leader, who was demoted from the politburo of the CPM twice during his term as the chief minister of Kerala between 2006 and 2011 for deviating from the party lines, has also offered to convene a Press conference and explain his mistakes.

He had earlier refused to heed the central committee’s direction to publicly admit his anti-party stand on Chandrashekharan’s murder. Achuthanandan clarified that he had not made a public admission of the mistake as the statement he had made in the state committee had appeared in the media.

The state leadership had cited another act of defiance of the party and demanded sterner action against him.

However, the central committee decided to give the leader another chance.

Achuthanandan’s supporters are not happy with his action since they feel that the bold stand he took on the two issues had brought him immense mass support. They fear that the people who rallied behind him will take this as an opportunist move for his survival in the party.


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