New Delhi, Oct. 18: The CPM has pulled up Kerala veteran V.S. Achuthanandan again for his “unwarranted” remarks against rival and state unit chief Pinarayi Vijayan, raising fears the feuding could hurt the party’s prospects in next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
“Achuthanandan should desist from making such uncalled for remarks in public,” a politburo statement issued today said and dubbed the charges levelled by the 89-year-old against the Vijayan-led state leadership as “baseless and unwarranted”.
VS, as Achuthanandan is popularly known, had in a recent TV interview blamed the state leadership for the party’s narrow loss in the 2011 Assembly polls to the Congress-led combine. He had cited “irrational” selection of candidates as a key reason.
The former chief minister and current leader of Opposition has had a long-running tussle with Vijayan. Central party leaders have in the past made several efforts at a truce between the two.
But the latest warning suggests that the factional fight in the state unit is far from over and could become a bigger concern at a time the central leadership is hoping to pick up most of Kerala’s 20 parliamentary seats in the 2014 polls.
The politburo statement noted that the issues raised by VS had already been addressed by the party and should not have been broached in public by the octogenarian.
“Comrade V.S. Achuthanandan has made certain allegations in a television interview regarding party matters which were already decided in the party,” the statement said.
The central leadership has desisted from strong action against VS, who has a reputation for being outspoken and has been rapped a couple of times by the central leadership in recent years, because of his seniority and popularity in the state. He is one of the party’s founding members.
His utterances had led him to be dropped from the politburo over four years ago but he remains a central committee member.
The central leaders fear that strict action against VS could damage the party’s electoral prospects, and believe it’s best if he fades away with time.