A feud is rocking CPI(M) in its traditional stronghold in Kerala

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By K A Shaji

December 27, 2022

The CPI(M) is facing an unprecedented challenge in Kerala’s Kannur district, traditionally a stronghold of the Left party.

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Two party heavyweights, EP Jayarajan and P Jayarajan, are involved in a slugfest, levelling charges and countercharges at each other.

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The accusations range from Benami investments to maintaining hit squads to eliminate political opponents.

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The bitter fight, fuelled by personal animosity, has dented the image of the ruling LDF and its principal constituent, the CPI(M).

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The CPI(M) politburo is likely to constitute an internal committee to probe the charges.

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and party state secretary MV Govindan have not made any attempt to defend EP Jayarajan.

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Meanwhile, confidants of EP Jayarajan are sending several complaints against P Jayarajan to the state committee and the politburo.

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The complainants accused P Jayarajan of fostering contract gangs and backing gold smugglers.

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Sources close to EP Jayarajan told South First that he has dropped his earlier plan to quit the LDF convener post.

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Before the feud, party workers viewed both leaders as hardcore communists who had made several sacrifices for the interests of the party.

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