Vijayan fund

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  • Published 25.06.09

New Delhi, June 25: A move by some Pinarayi Vijayan loyalists to raise money towards the Kerala CPM secretary’s legal expenses has again brought the two party factions in the state at loggerheads.

Although the CPM hasn’t given any formal call for donations, a lobby is unofficially trying to collect funds from party members and workers.

Chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s camp sees this as an attempt by the Vijayan faction to needle it by suggesting the cadres are behind their leader, who faces a court battle in the SNC Lavalin corruption case.

The fresh bout of infighting comes a week before the CPM meets in Delhi, on July 4 and 5, to address the factional rivalry and organisational issues in Kerala.

“Yes, there’s a move to collect money. The party hasn’t taken any formal decision on this. It’s just (the Vijayan camp’s) way of spiting its opponents — they know the party itself can afford it (Vijayan’s legal costs),” a leader from the chief minister’s faction said.