Rift between Kanam, Ismail factions deepens crisis in CPI

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state executive committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) will seek an explanation from former Idukki district secretary K.K Sivaraman over accepting car as gift from district council members.

Sivaraman, a staunch critic of Kanam Rajendran, faced the irk of party functionaries after he accepted car on the occasion of vacating his position as Idukki district secretary. The district leaders wanted to buy a car for Sivaraman, citing his poor health. Later, they spend Rs 6 lakh to buy a second-hand car.

CPI leadership remarked that the party does not follow the notion of offering gifts to outgoing district secretaries as a token of appreciation. However, the district leadership pointed out that the party could not restrict members from offering gifts on their own. Following this, the state executive committee has decided to seek an explanation from Sivaraman.

In the past, the state leadership has tried to bring E.S Bijumol as the Idukki district secretary. However, the demand was dismissed by the district leadership.

A.P Jayan, district secretary of Pathanamthitta and a close confidant of senior leader K.E Ismail, is also facing a setback from party leadership for allegedly accumulating wealth through unlawful means and starting a dairy farm for Rs 78 lakh.

KK Ashraf, who probed allegations against Jayan, submitted his findings before the executive committee. However, Jayan informed the party that he had previously sought permission from Kanam Rajendran to start a dairy farm.

However, the executive committee did not consider the letter he wrote to Kanam seeking the party's permission to start the farm. Kanam argued that he didn't produce the letter before the committee since it lacked the necessary details.

Meanwhile, CPI state assistant secretary E Chandrasekharan criticized the party's decision to appoint an inquiry panel to probe allegations against A.P Jayan. He alleged that the party is constituting inquiry panels and initiating disciplinary action against leaders who are not on good terms with the state leadership.

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