In its special Polit Bureau meeting, CPM is expected to decide on steps for putting to an end the infighting in its Kerala unit between Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan which is considered a major reason for the party’s dribbing in the recently concluded parliamentary elections.
The two-day Polit Bureau meet is being held at the party headquarters in New Delhi.
“All Polit Bureau members except West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee are attending the meeting,” a party source said.
Achuthanandan, after arriving in the capital on Friday night, told media persons that he has left to it to “the party and the people” whether to continue as chief minister.
“The party and people will decide on whether I should continue as chief minister,” Achuthanandan said on Friday.
He is under fire within the party for seeking the removal of Vijayan – an accused in the multi-crore SNC-Lavlin scandal – as party secretary. Vijayan, on the contrary, wants Achuthanandan to step down from chief minister’s post for breaking party’s discipline.
The CPM central committee election review meeting earlier had held the state leaders guilty for the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha polls.
According to the central committee document: “The disunity in the LDF (Left Democratic Front) led by the CPM was one of the factors for the defeat. The disunity in the party and LDF had an adverse impact on the people. Some of the statements of Comrade VS Achuthanandan during the campaign had an adverse effect and helped the opposition campaign.”