Thiruvananthapuram : Communist Party of India (Marxist) has openly censured party veteran and Kerala Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan for defying the party’s line on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
A decision in this regard was taken by the CPM politburo in the light of the party Central Committee’s conclusion that his visit to Kudankulam, stopped by the Tamil Nadu police, last month was a violation of the party discipline.
The highest decision-making body of the CPM had earlier rejected Achuthanandan’s demand for reviewing the party’s stand on the power plant, being opposed fiercely by the local people and anti-nuke activists.
Talking to reporters after the Central Committee meeting, party general secretary Prakash Karat said there will not be any change in the party’s stand on the power plant. However, he said the Central Committee had urged the government to address the safety concerns of the people before the commissioning of the plant.
The Central Committee also voiced strong protests against the attempts by the authorities to repress the protests. It also condemned the false cases slapped by the police against the agitators.
Achuthanandan had demanded a change in the CPM stand on the Kudankulam plant pointing out the party’s opposition to the plant proposed at Jaitapur in Maharashtra.
Central Committee members from Kerala and Tamil Nadu opined that the attempt made by Achuthanandan, to go to Kudankulam, had caused much harm to the party.
The state leadership had also reiterated their demand for removing the senior leader from the post of the Opposition leader. However, the central leadership rejected the demand saying that it will do more harm to the party at this stage.
This is the second time Achuthanandan is facing the censure this year. In July, a similar disciplinary action was taken against him for deviating from the party stand on the murder of Marxist rebel T P Chandrashekharan and openly criticizing the state leadership of the party.
Though the Central Committee had then asked him to openly admit his mistakes, the 88-year-old leader ignored the direction. The state leadership has been pitching the ground for his removal from the party since then.
Achuthanandan, who skipped the final day’s proceedings of the Central Committee on Sunday, said before leaving for Kerala he will decide his future course of action based on the Central Committee decision. He was not available for comment on the fresh censure.