CPM Party Congress to establish Pinarayi’s national recognition


Biju Parvath

Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: Kannur is to be the venue for CPM's Party Congress at a time when the Kerala unit of the party is gleaming following its continuance of governance in the state. Kerala is the only state where ithe party is in power. This Party Congress will be a moment to endorse Pinarayi Vijayan’s national recognition.

During the 2012 CPM Party Congress held in Kozhikode, the V S Achunandan-Pinarayi conflict was at its peak. That was also the occasion when V S was expelled from the Politburo. A segment within the party in Kerala and a majority of the members outside Kerala were supporting VS at that time. Those who had wanted the return of VS into the Politburo included representatives from Bengal and Andhra. Even though VS left without attending the convention, people were excited whenever the name of VS was mentioned. Pinarayi lacked that public support then.



Nine years on and when the Party Congress comes back to Kerala again, CPM in Kerala had undergone a major change. Differentiation does not exist in the party now. Pinarayi has been chosen as the ‘captain’ and has been recognised as the man behind acquiring a second consecutive term for the Left party. Now he stands as the only Communist CM who can defend the BJP government using his power. The decision to conduct the Party Congress in Kannur has come after the central committee recognised Kerala as a political model.

Locations where the Party Congress was held in Kerala till now:

* Palakkad - 4th Party Congress (undivided) - 1956 April 19-29

* Kochi - 8th Party Congress - 1968 December 23-29

* Thiruvananthapuram - 13th Party Congress - 1988 December 27- 1989 January 1

* Kozhikode - 20th Party Congress - 2012 April 4-9 .

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