CPI buys ancestral land of P. Krishna Pillai to build his memorial
Thiruvananthapuram: On the 72nd death anniversary of P. Krishna Pillai, the founder leader of Communist Party, the CPI paid tribute to him by regaining the land in Vaikom where his ancestral house was situated.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran directly initiated the land deal without even informing the CPI (M).
Both CPI and CPI (M) claim Krishna Pillai as their leader after the party's split in 1964. Krishna Pillai passed away after being bitten by a snake while hiding in a coir worker's house in Alappuzha on August 19, 1948. His 72nd death anniversary falls on Wednesday.
Krishna Pillai lived in Paroor house near Vaikom temple. The ancestral house had 1.5 acres of land surrounding it. Later, the property was divided among the family members, even though Krishna Pillai was unhappy about the idea.
The property was sold to Krishna Pillai, his brother Nanappan and sister Gowri Amma for Rs 2,000. Krishna Pillai then left the place and wandered around the country. He became a Communist leader and the rest is history.
The land sold years ago was owned by K. S. Suneesh, K. S. Kannan and Nandini Soman. CPI purchased the land from them with Kanam Rajendran directly managing the deal. Even the CPI (M) local leaders came to know about it only after the land was sold.
The 16.5 cent land, including the ancestral house of Krishna Pillai, has been bought in the name of Kanam Rajendran the state secretary of CPI.
Memorial to be built
Kanam Rajendran said that they were planning to erect a memorial in the name of Krishna Pillai that tells the history of Communist Party in Kerala. A large reference library will also be set up on the land, he added.