CPI-M snubs Kerala CM, won't punish Pinarayi Vijayan
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February 12, 2009 12:12 IST
The internal war of the Communist Party of India-Marxist has intensified ahead of its politburo meeting in New Delhi [Images].
A senior CPI-M leader told Business Standard: "He (Achuthanandan) has to fall in line. Otherwise he has go (leave the party)."
While the Kerala chief minister has not yet shown any sign of accepting the party's line on the SNC Lavalin corruption case -- where Vijayan has been termed an accused by the CBI -- the politburo will try to maintain a balance between the two factions in a last-ditch effort.
Achuthanandan had demanded that the matter should be discussed in the politburo. Sources in the party say the Kerala chief minister should be satisfied as the forthcoming politburo meeting on February 14 will indeed discuss the matter.
After the Kerala chief minister publicly refused to dub the case as politically motivated, CPI-M's central leadership pointed out that the politburo had issued a statement after consulting everyone, including Achuthanandan.
The leaders also point out that the current situation is entirely different from the 2006 assembly elections.
This is also an indication that the party leadership thinks even if action is taken against Achuthanandan, it won't be adversely affected in the coming polls.