Protests mount over denial of seat to VS
A day after the CPI(M) denied outgoing chief minister V S Achuthanandan an assembly seat, protests broke out in many parts of the state. At least four district committees of the party aired their protest against the decision to drop him.india Updated: Mar 17, 2011 23:21 IST
A day after the CPI(M) denied outgoing chief minister V S Achuthanandan an assembly seat, protests broke out in many parts of the state. At least four district committees of the party aired their protest against the decision to drop him.
Flex boards, posters and banners appeared at many places hailing the octogenarian leader. Angry supporters took out rallies at several places, including party strongholds. In northern Kasarkkode, VS supporters hoisted black flags at the houses of leaders who are considered close to the official faction.
A strong SMS campaign was also launched to decry the decision.
Party backed independent legislator K J Alphons, who earned the sobriquet of demolition man during his stint as the Land Revenue Commissioner in Delhi, has decided not to contest this time. Though he claimed his decision was not influenced by the development, he said he was really sad over the decision.
He quit IAS in 2006 to join politics. “I am really sad he was not given a seat. He is an inspiration for the entire Left Democratic Front (LDF),” he said.
Junior partner CPI also said his presence in the poll arena would have helped the coalition in the April 13 polls. “He has taken up most of the corruption cases against the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). His presence would have really helped us. But it is an internal affair of the party,” CPI state secretary C K Chandrappan said.
In Delhi, an ‘available’ Politburo meeting was held to examine the developments arising out of the decision. It is learnt that some members expressed their displeasure over the way party general secretary Prakash Karat, who attended the state secretariat and state committee meets along with another member S Ramachandran Pillai, remained a silent spectator during the whole process.
The Politburo will meet again on Friday to discuss the Kerala issue.
In the last assembly polls in 2006, the party had denied a seat to VS, but the Politburo was forced to revoke its decision after strong protests broke out in the state.
This time, however, protests weren’t that rampant and spontaneous as most of his supporters have either been neutralised or deserted him in the last five years.
However, since he took up many burning issues like corruption and sex scandals, his popularity has grown immensely. In the pre-poll survey conducted last week, he has been rated as the most popular leader of the state.