Factionalism comes to fore in Kerala CPI

A day after three CPI leaders in Kerala were relegated in connection with selection of candidate from Thiruvananthapuram in the recent election, factionalism in the party has come out in the open.

CPI’s Thiruvananthapuram district secretary Venjaramood Sasi — one of the three leaders removed from the party’s state executive committee on Saturday – slammed the party’s state leadership on Sunday and said he was being targeted by leaders with vested interests.

Sasi, along with senior leaders C Divakaran and P Ramachandran Nair, were removed from the state executive committee over the decision to field Bennet Abraham, who finished third in the April 10 election.

The demoted leader told reporters that the party’s state secretary Pannian Ravindran and the state secretariat could not evade responsibility of having selected Abraham for the seat. Congress’ Shashi Tharoor had won the Thiruvananthapuram seat with BJP  O Rajagopal finishing second.

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