Munnar: There are reports that former MLA S Rajendran is planning to join CPI, while the CPM probe committee is collecting evidence in connection with the complaint of trying to ditch Devikulam MLA A Raja during campaign activities in the assembly election. As the party will take strict action against Rajendran if the commission finds him guilty, he has decided to move to CPI.
Two veteran local leaders are trying to bring Rajendran to the CPI. Both of them held talks with him at a resort in Old Munnar. Rajendran had served as district panchayat member for five years and as MLA for 15 years.
Rajendran has strong influence among the Pallar community in the constituency which includes the plantation sector. As this connection will benefit the party in the future, the leaders who belong to the same community are trying to bring him to the CPI. However, other members of CPI are unhappy over this move.
The CPM appointed a 2-member probe commission to investigate the complaint against S Rajendran in July. They carried out evidence collection in Adimali area. They will collect evidence from Munnar and Maryur regions in the coming days.
Meanwhile, S Rajendran said that reports on his plan to move to CPI are only rumours and that he does not want to react to it. He added that he has been part of the CPM for last 38 years and he will obey any decision taken by them.