Kerala CPI-M unit under fire from Central Committee

The loyalty of CPI (M)'s long time consort Kerala is under question, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.
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Published on Oct 23, 2006 11:24 PM IST
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None | By Sutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi

The loyalty of CPI (M)'s long time consort Kerala is under question. In spite of playing a big role in the LDF's coming to power in the recent assembly election, the state unit of the party is under fire from its Central Committee (CC) for being ridden with factionalism and disunity.

Also worrisome for the CC, is the 'droppage' of members. "Droppage of party members and candidate members is very high in Kerala. (In CPI (M), a person is first taken in as a candidate member for a year, and then confirmed as a party member). Serious efforts have to be made to curb these wrong tendencies in order to improve the quality of the Party members and to curb wrong practices from developing," the CC has said.

The party's situation in Kerala was a major point of discussion at the three-day CC meeting held in the Capital last month. In the report on 'Implementation of Organisational Task', adopted by the Committee after the meet, the unit was instructed to shape up.

The CC advised the state leadership to "collectively and individually make a serious introspection about all deviations — political, ideological and organisation — in their functioning and should change and fall in line with the party positions. All violations of organisational principles should be taken seriously."

The Committee is also worried about the purported role the Kerala press is playing in dividing the state unit. "The media tries to provoke some leaders with questions in order to get responses and to use such responses against the Party. The Party leadership should be very careful in giving replies to the queries of the press people," the note said.

The antidote to the problem, according to the CC, is to give a stock answer to queries: "The party and the (state) government will consider the matter and a decision will be taken later," the note instructed. In fact, the note gave the example of a case where proceedings of a state Party conference was leaked, "and disciplinary action against certain comrades," was taken.

The note added that CPI (M) politburo had to repeatedly intervene to resolve issues that created rifts between factions. The issues ranged from "formation of the state secretariat, the preparation of the review report on the Malappuram state conference, Party's attitude towards DIC (K), issue of choosing PBMs (politburo members) working in Kerala as candidates to assembly election, leadership of the ministry, portfolio allocations etc."

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