Protests arise in CPI against Kanam Rajendran
Kochi: In connection with the police lathi charge against CPI district secretary and MLA, the CPI state secretary’s stance to wait for the government probe report instead of a political intervention has led to severe protests within the party. This is likely to lead to serious discussions in the upcoming state council meet. Ernakulam district leadership has asked the party centre to discuss the issue.
The issue could have been resolved if the state secretary released a statement about the police brutality. But his present stance has created negative image for the party among the public. Many of the leaders are unable to express their disagreement publicly.
They believe that it is a really pathetic state not being able to act when party MLA is manhandled, even though the party is in the ruling front. Some are of the opinion that if the concerned police officers were temporarily transferred and a probe declared, it would have saved their face.
Only national executive member K. E. Ismail publicly condemned the incident. Veteran leader C. N. Jayadevan expressed his disagreement. The police manhandled the MLA very brutally. He added that he would express the protest at the right place, if they are of the plight to suffer torture despite being part of the ruling front.
Soon after the stand taken by Kanam Rajendran led to serious discussion within the party, posters appeared on the wall of party office in Alappuzha demanding to remove Kanam from the position. But he responded that CPI workers are not likely to act so and poster can be pasted by anyone.
Even after Kanam got an opportunity in Kochi to settle the issue smoothly in the party, he stood firm on his stance and refused to respond to further questions. The issue would have ended if Kanam made a statement in Kochi. But he did not take even the slightest action to resolve the dissatisfaction, the party workers complained.