CPI-M removes Kerala CM from Politburo

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New Delhi, Jul 12: The Communist Patry of India (Marxist) have removed Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan from the Politburo and Central Committee. The Kerala chief minister has been accused of leaking information to the media.

The news agencies reported that the chief minister who attended the first day's meeting on Saturday, Jul 11 but skipped sunday's meeting. A formal statement of the party's decision is expected.

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Kerala CM may go from CPI-M Politburo

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) may remove Kerala chief minister VS Achutanandan and state secretary Priyani Vijayan from Politburo on Sunday, Jul 12.

A two-day Central Committee meeting was held on Kerala factionalism which began on Saturday, Jul 11 with intense discussion on the need to enforce discipline on a permanent basis. Majority of PB members Manik Sarkar, Sitaram Yechury, MK Pandhe, Mohammad Amin, Brinda Karat, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Biman Bose came out against Vijayan and demanded action against him.

Sources said Manik Sarkar raised the issue of SNC-Lavlin case, in which Vijayan is an accused, and said it should be discussed. There was a general feeling that Vijayan should not appear in the CBI court as state secretary when the Lavlin case comes up for hearing in September.

Later, a note was circulated by the PB and CC members which indirectly criticized both Achutanandan and Vijayan said, "Putting the interest of the individual leaders, groups above the collective interest and struggle to capture control of party committees represents the worst form of groupism."

The note further said, "The control of party committees is seen to be the key to undermining the positions in parliamentary form and coveted posts. Factionalism based on parliamentarism had origins among the top leadership" that has percolated below.

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