THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI (M) leadership has taken a hasty move to address the issue of the government’s portrayal of KM Mani as a corrupt person in the Supreme Court. In the end, Jose K. Mani hinted at a compromise, but it raised the issue of CPM-Kerala Congress differences.
On the eve of the CPM state secretariat meeting in Thiruvananthapuram and the Kerala Congress steering committee meeting in Kottayam, there was enough reference in the Supreme Court to worsen relations between the two parties. The Kerala Congress, which had hoped for the CPM’s poomala in the wake of the electoral achievements of the new alliance, got the government’s stone.
Jose K. Mani informed the CPM leadership that he could not accept the accusation that his own front government was corrupt. The UDF asked how Jose could stay in the LDF because of this embarrassment. Acting Secretary A. Vijayaraghavan said in the morning that the CPM secretariat would discuss the issue. The Secretariat, which called for the analysis of the Assembly elections, first discussed this heated issue. It was decided to justify the fact that no mention was made of Mani in the Supreme Court. As A. Vijayaraghavan came out during the meeting and explained it to the media, it became clear that the CPM was keen to cool the controversy by any means.
However, protests at the Kerala Congress leadership meeting disturbed the CPM leadership. It is learned that the Chief Minister himself has intervened in the matter. Jose K. Mani, who gave the protest signal in the morning, softened in the evening. Senior leaders close to Mani had expressed strong protest at the meeting.
Ranjit Kumar, who made controversial remarks in the Supreme Court, is also a former Solicitor General. He had to point out that the ‘corruption against the finance minister’ was done to justify the strike by any means when the court strongly criticized the demand to withdraw the assembly manipulation case. The government, which in many ways is ashamed in this case, is now watching the Supreme Court verdict with great concern. The CPI (M) is worried that one of the accused, V Sivankutty, is now a minister.
The position has changed; Mani character only
Interestingly, the CPM’s new argument that the protest on Budget Day 2015 was not against Mani but against the UDF government. At that point, the protest inside the church was a continuation of the agitation organized by the LDF all over Kerala demanding Mani’s resignation.
The attack on Mani was unleashed as a symbol of corruption by the UDF. When Jose K. Mani joined the LDF, it all turned into a struggle against the UDF except Mani. The contradiction between the political stance and the political alliance is once again haunting the CPM in this regard.
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