February 10th, 2012
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Pinarayi Vijayan continues as CPIM secretary

pinarayi-vijayanThiruvananthapuram: Pinarayi Vijayan has been chosen yet again as Kerala state CPIM secretary at the state party conference. It is the fourth time that Pinarayi has been elected as CPM state secretary. He had been serving as CPI(M) state secretary since 1998. Earlier when asked about the possibility of being chosen as party secretary, he had said,  “It is not a personal choice, but a party’s decision.”

Pinarayi Vijayan entered politics through student union activities and eventually joined the Communist Party in 1964. He was president and secretary of the Kerala Student’s Federation (KSF) and also served as the president of Kerala State Youth Federation (KSYF). During that period, when communists in Kerala were organizing the political activities from different hide-outs, Pinarayi Vijayan was imprisoned for one and half years.

Later he was elected the president of the Kerala state co-operative bank. And during emergency he was arrested and tortured by police. He got elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1970. He was re-elected in 1977, 1991 and 1996. He was the Minister for Electric power and Co-operatives in the E K Nayanar ministry from 1996 to 1998. Pinarayi has been Kerala secretary of the CPI(M) since 1998 when he was elected to the post ironically with the help of Achuthanandan after the death of the then secretary Chadayan Govindan. He was elected to the politburo of CPI(M) in 2002.

Neo-liberal reformists known as the ‘official faction’ in the Kerala CPI(M) have almost cut the hardliners to size. The official faction led by State secretary and Politbureau member Pinarayi Vijayan (also known as Pinarayi group) has established its clear supremacy over the hardliners (VS faction) led by central committee member and Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan. It is by silencing the rebellious voice of VS Achuthanandan that Pinarayi Vijayan has yet again assumed the power to hold the reins of the organization.

Pinarayi Vijayan is also the 9th accused in the Lavlin case. The Comptroller and Auditor General of Indiareport said that the deal Vijayan had struck as electricity minister in 1998 with Lavalin, a Canadian firm, for the repair of three generators, was a huge fraud and had cost the state exchequer a staggering Rs 3.76 billion. On 16 January 2007, Kerala High Court ordered a CBI  inquiry into the SNC Lavalin case.On 21 January 2009, CBI filed a progress report on the investigation in the Kerala high court.

CPM backed Pinarayi saying that the CBI move was “politically motivated”.However, there has been no evidence of any personal financial gain to him on account of the contract given. The CPM led Kerala Government decided not to let Vijayan to be prosecuted in the case. Overruling the cabinet recommendation, the Governeor allowed CBI to prosecute Vijayan based on prima facie evidence.Though CPI(M) called Governor’s move un-constitutional,the then  Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanndan said there is nothing surprising or wrong in Governor’s decision.With Kerala Governor’s recommendation to prosecute Vijayan in the SNS Lavalin case, he became the first Politburo member in the CPI(M) history to be prosecuted in a corruption case.

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