The bitter feud in Kerala’s ruling CPI(M) on Sunday echoed in the party’s central committee meeting called in New Delhi to discuss electoral debacle with Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan coming under fresh attack from his detractors while his supporters launched salvos at state party chief Pinarayi Vijayan.
State Ministers M A Baby and P K Sreemati, known to be close to Vijayan, the Chief Minister’s arch rival, were understood to have launched a no-holds barred attack on the veteran leader on the second day of the meeting, party sources said.
Their attack came a day after Finance Minister Thomas Isaac reportedly demanded Achuthanandan’s removal from the Chief Minister’s post. Achuthandan left for Thiruvananthapuram without attending the deliberations on the second day.
The Politburo is planning to hold a special meeting on July 4 and 5 to discuss the serious situation in its Kerala unit following the poll debacle.
While Kerala Governor R S Gavai has permitted CBI to prosecute Vijayan in the SNC-Lavalin graft case, Achuthanandan came under attack from rivals in the party for refusing to toe the party line of rallying behind the state party secretary.
However, the Chief Minister is believed to have been supported by M C Josephine, a confidant of the Chief Minister and P K Gurudasan, the sources said.
In the Polit Bureau meeting, the Chief Minister had demanded the removal of Vijayan from the post of state secretary as the Governor has sanctioned prosecution against him.