Thiruvananthapuram:  Lashing out at CPI’s decision to abstain from Wednesday’s cabinet meeting that forced NCP leader Thomas Chandy to step down as Transport Minister, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the move ultimately turned advantageous for their opponents.

Speaking at a press meet here on Thursday, he said the CPI’s decision to stay away from the cabinet meeting was immature.

“Eventually, the decision went in UDF’s favour,” he charged.

“The ‘bouquets-for-us brickbats-for-them’ policy is not viable in coalition politics. The CPI should rethink whether such an act is befitting in a coalition system,” Kodiyeri said.

“A decision on Chandy’s resignation was taken at 9 am itself. Even then, then CPI ministers absented themselves from the meeting. It was totally immature. The LDF should exercise caution in not handing over the opponents a weapon,” he said.

“The CPI’s approach is a violation of coalition principles. They should have informed the CM of their decision in advance.  If somebody thinks that it was CPI’s stance that resulted in Chandy’s resignation, they cannot be blamed. The CPI wished to claim the credit. The delay in submission of resignation was quite natural,” Kodiyeri explained.

“The CPI and CPM adopt stances on issues on the basis of pan-India perspectives. I don’t think the present difference will destroy the alliance,” he said.

“The NCP has a slot in the cabinet, which will be kept vacant. At present, both the parties do not have differences over political or policy decisions,” he added.