CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat is a troubled man. After a disastrous election, the party has been stricken by factionalism in its Kerala unit and cracks in its Bengal citadel. Excerpts from an interview with Smita Gupta:
Kerala CM V.S. Achuthanandan is dropped from the politburo, but no action against scam-accused state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. It looks as if the CPI(M) ‘benefited’ from the deal.
Achuthanandan’s being dropped for violations of organisational norms and indiscipline should not be linked to our stand on the SNC Lavalin case. We are convinced there is no wrongdoing on the part of Vijayan. When the case comes up in court, the truth will be established. If we had any grounds to believe he was involved in corruption, he would have been removed not just from the party secretaryship but from even the party. Achuthanandan is the seniormost leader of the party and the central committee has stated that he shall continue to fulfil his responsibility as Kerala CM.
In Bengal, corrupt...