Achuthanandan will not resign: Vijayan

February 10th, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Manjeri (Kerala), Feb 10 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will not resign after a leadership meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) called to discuss differences between him and party strongman Pinarayi Vijayan, Vijayan said Tuesday.

“VS will not resign and the government is running smoothly,” Vijayan told reporters here. The CPI-M politburo is set to meet Feb 14.

Vijayan was speaking at a yatra he has undertaken after being accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of corruption in the award of a contract to a Canadian firm when he was the state’s power minister.

Ever since the CBI made the charge, Achuthanandan has decided not to take part in the yatra led by Vijayan.

While most CPI-M leaders have defended Vijayan, Achuthanandan has remained silent on the controversy. Achuthanandan and Vijayan are known rivals and head two factions of the party.

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