CPI-M Politburo to discuss Vijayan-Acuthanandan spat

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New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): The politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is meeting here later today to resolve the crisis of the party's Kerala unit.

Sources said that the politburo is likely to focus on resolving the feud between Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and state party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

Both have been involved in an open turf war following the state governor's sanction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to charge sheet and prosecute Vijayan for his alleged role in the multi-crore SNC Lavalin scam when he was Kerala's Power Minister.

The split within the Kerala unit became evident when Achuthanandan questioned the party's support to Vijayan after it was prima facie established that he was involved in the Rs 98 crore scam.

The politburo is expected to consider asking Vijayan to step down as the state party secretary.

It is the second such politburo meeting by the central leadership to restore peace in the Kerala unit. Achuthanandan and Vijayan had earlier been suspended from the politburo for coming out in the open over the matter, a decision that was later revoked. (ANI)

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