No change in Kerala, Achuthanandan to stay: CPI-M

May 28th, 2009 - 7:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, May 28 (IANS) The Communist Party Of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday refused to remove Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan or make any changes in the state unit after the recent drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing reporters here after a five-day meet of the party, state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said: “”There will be no change at any level. Instead we will work out a time bound programme after a thorough introspection on the reasons we lost. There will be corrections in certain policies of the government which we feel have come under criticism from several quarters.”

The meeting, which was attended by party general secretary Prakash Karat and politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai, also included 15 members of the state secretariat and 84 members of of the state party committee.

The factional feud between Vijayan and Achuthanandan in the party saw the chief minister coming for heavy attack and demands for resignation. The meeting was held to take stock of the poor poll show in which the state’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) saw its tally slip to mere four seats from the earlier 19.

“I cannot share with you the details of the meeting but we have found out that all was not well within our party and also within the LDF. It has also been decided that we will not tolerate any more diversion from the Leninist ideology in the party,” said Vijayan.

Among the other reasons that Vijayan cited for the debacle was the distancing of the Christian and Muslim community from the LDF and also the opposition spreading rumours about the Left’s poll understanding with the People’s Democratic Party led by Abdul Nasir Maudany.

“The media also launched a fierce attack against us and this was also a factor that led to our defeat,” said Vijayan.

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