The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has appointed a three-member commission to investigate the controversial SDPI link of a party local secretary. The area committee members, M.K. Manoj, Unnikrishnan Nair, K.H. Shiju, and others will be part of the inquiry. The decision was taken during the area committee meeting on Tuesday in the presence of the district secretary. It was also discussed during the meeting that party members had collectively resigned over the issue.
The state secretary, M.V. Govindan, was also present during the meeting and indicated that the issue of Cheryana will be discussed, along with sectarianism in the district. However, there is no clarity regarding the meeting of the state secretary. In the absence of any clear direction from the state committee, the district leadership has intervened to solve the problem.
The local assembly’s sectarianism issue has been brewing for some time and finally exploded, resulting in a wave of resignations from the party. Those who resigned made several allegations against local secretary Sheed Muhammad, including a business relationship with an SDPI leader. The area leadership has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate these allegations and prevent further resignations from Cheryanadu.
The sectarianism issue under Minister Saji Cherian’s Chengannur Area Committee has been a headache for the CPM leadership, with the party being accused of nexus with the SDPI by the DYFI and SFI. This has resulted in 38 members, including leaders, leaving the party earlier this month. Finally, 14 people from Cherumikad, Otaoffice, and Anjilichuvadu branches resigned from the party.