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Last Updated Thursday October 26 2017 03:08 PM IST

Munnar evictions: CPI-Pinarayi tussle looms over LDF, CPM meets

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CPI-Pinarayi tussle looms over LDF, CPM meets Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) meeting Friday would turn out to be crucial in the wake of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s criticism of the revenue department over the eviction proceedings in Munnar on Thursday.

Pinarayi’s open criticism of the department handled by the CPI would have serious ramifications in the LDF. The CPI is supporting all actions of the revenue department in Munnar.

Pinarayi’s public criticism has come at a time when the CPI had been reiterating that the steps taken by the revenue department as well as Devikulam subcollector V. Sriram are in line with the LDF policy.

The CPM says that the political leadership would have to bear the brunt of the actions of the bureaucracy at present. It points out that the government may be accused of demolishing the cross and also that the revenue department has broken the principle of doing the right thing at the right time.

The CPM as well as the government are unhappy over the developments.

Whether the LDF meeting scheduled earlier would take up the developments in Munnar on Thursday is being keenly watched.

CPI assistant secretary Prakash Babu said Pinarayi criticized the CPI without understanding the real issues in Munnar. Though CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran had met at AKG Centre at a seminar organized by the AKG Study and Research Centre on Thursday, they did not had any discussions. They are understood to have decided to meet after the LDF meeting on Friday.

But the chief minister and the revenue department have come face to face on the Munnar evictions. The CPM State secretariat is meeting on Friday morning and LDF State committee at 3 pm. The new issue has cropped up amid the growing differences between the chief minister and the CPI.

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