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May 10, 2012 at 10:00am IST

Is there a rift in the Kerala CPM?

New Delhi: There seems to be a rift brewing in the Kerala CPM after the brutal killing of rebel leader TP Chandrashekharan. Though a police probe is still on, many allege that Chandrashekharan's killing was orchestrated by CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan's group. Vijayan alleges that the killing is a conspiracy to tarnish the CPM and even reiterated an earlier comment that Chandrashekharan was a traitor.

"A traitor is a traitor. I called him a traitor when he left the party. There is no change in that," Vijayan said.

That comment seems to have pushed his bete noire and former chief minister VS Achuthanandan to now come out openly against Vijayan. "That's Vijayan's opinion, not the party's," Achuthanandan said.

Chandrashekharan was a former VS Achuthanandan's loyalist and left the party after a tiff with Vijayan's faction. So far the CPM central leadership has not reacted to this brewing storm in the Kerala unit. But Vijayan, who recently pulled off a coup by effectively blocking Achuthanandan's election to the Politburo, has warned that any Marxist seen supporting Chandrashekharan will face the party's wrath.