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CPI leader hits out at Vijayan's 'I am the state' attitude

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Thiruvanthapuram, April 22: The already strained relations between the two Communist parties in Kerala has taken a turn for the worse with a senior CPI leader hitting out at Chief Minister Pirayi Vijayan. CPI Idukki district secretary K.K. Sivaraman has said the Chief Minister’s attitude of ‘I am the state’ does not augur well for the coalition. Over the past few months, the CPI-M and CPI, the number one and two in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) have been sparring against each other over various issues, causing impediments in the smooth functioning of the state government.

Things reached a crescendo ever since Thursday when a group of revenue officials and a strong posse of police pulled down a ‘cross’ of a new generation Church - Spirit in Jesus- near the hill station of Munr, after it was found that the cross was put up on usurped land by the church authorities. Communist Party of India leader E. Chandrasekheran holds the revenue portfolio. Vijayan at a public meeting on Thursday condemned the act of the officials of pulling down the cross, leaving the CPI angry. At a meeting of these officials on Friday evening, Vijayan came down heavily on the district administration and asked them to do a clean job.

Reacting to the turn of events, CPI Idukki district secretary K.K. Sivaraman on Friday told the media that they are baffled at the manner in which the Chief Minister has reacted. “We are at a loss and do not know why he spoke like this. He should realise that it’s a coalition government that is in office in Kerala now and his attitude of ‘I am the state’ does not augur well,” said Sivaraman. The new development came at a time when the state secretaries of the two warring Communist parties was to meet. The meeting, scheduled for Friday, has been indefinitely postponed. In Saturday’s party organ of the CPI, the need for holding a discussion with Vijayan also has been made. In a related development, the office bearers of the Spirit in Jesus church on Saturday told reporters in Thrissur that the place where the cross stood is not theirs. “For the past 60 years this place located on a hill top near Munr has been in the possession of a person med Maria Susai, who is a member of the church and the ‘cross’ has been there for ages. Two years back he came up with a request that since the cross has become old and worn out, he wished to put up a new one. We supported the move. We wish to announce that our church or our leader Tom Zachariah does not own any illegal land,” said officials of the church. (IANS)

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