I was dropped from Polit Bureau for telling truth: Achuthanandan

Achuthanandan

The case has been investigated by the CBI and the trial is on in the CBI court here.

Achuthanandan, who led the LDF in the last four assembly polls, said he would not contest elections anymore considering his advanced age.

In the last two elections, he had bounced back to the poll arena despite his rivals in the party trying to keep him off the field.

For long, the leader has been at loggerheads with Vijayan, his protege once, over a host of issues. The tussle hotted up in the wake of the SNC Lavalin case.

On the state committee's recent decision to expel three of his personal staff members from the party, he said that was the decision targeted against him.

Asked whether he thought the party leadership had lost confidence in him, Achuthanandan said it was for the party to take a call on that. "If the party has lost confidence in me, why are they not throwing me out?," he asked.

The standoff between Achuthanandan and the leadership over the SNC Lavalin issue has been back in focus since last week with the state committee discussing a party probe which alleged that he had tried to turn the case against Vijayan.

Achuthanandan, however, rubbished that charge and said his views were not heard before the report was drawn up by CPI(M) Lok Sabha member P Karunakaran, entrusted with the job by the party state committee.

The report, which was recently discussed by the CPI(M) state committee, had accused Achuthanandan of having made some concerted moves to strengthen the case against Vijayan.

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