CPM infighting spills on to street; Murali attacked

via Courtesy: Pioneer News Service | Palakkad published on June 22, 2008

The group war in the CPI(M) in Palakkad district spilled on to the street on Saturday with an attack on Shoranur Municipal Council vice-chairman MR Murali, who was expelled from the party on Saturday at Kulappully, off Shoranur.

Murali, a strong loyalist of traditionalist faction leader in the party, VS Achuthanandan, was on Friday expelled by the district committee of the CPI(M) for defying a party directive to quit his position in he municipal council and for making public statements “ridiculing the organisations”.

Murali was attacked by a group of 20 men at Kulappully while he was engaged in a campaign on the meeting he and his associates were to hold in Shoranur on Sunday. The rebel communist leader was admitted to a local private hospital with head injuries. Close associates of Murali indicated that the assailants were CPI(M) activists.

On Friday, Murali had accused the district leadership, loyal to reformist faction leader Pinarayi Vijayan, of relying on “quotation teams” (hired hoodlums) to implement its agenda. Asked whether the attackers were CPI(M) men, a close associate of Murali asked, “Who else?” CPI(M) district secretary P Unni had said that the party would face the convention, which was being held by the “enemies of people”, through the methods of the people.

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