C Divakaran, CN Chandran, Sathyan Mokeri and Kamala Sadanandan are among those who have been excluded.

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news Politics Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 15:03

The 23rd Party Congress of the Communist Party of India removed some prominent faces from the National Council, its apex body.

One of the names excluded from the Council is that of former Food and Civil Supplies Minister C Divakaran. The party said that the list was prepared as per the party’s policy to include 20% new faces in the panel presented at the Party Congress.

Apart from Divakaran, other prominent faces such as CN Chandran, Sathyan Mokeri and Kamala Sadanandan have also been excluded.

In a statement, C Divakaran said that he was removed as he has no godfather in the party.

"I am not one who would approve of godfathers. The CPI is not a party that insults people’s age. By removing me, the party has honoured me," he said. "I am neither happy nor sad. The list of National Council members will be out once the Party Congress is concluded. Then, who all are there in the list will be clear," he added.

Five new faces from the state have found a place in the Council. Leaders like KP Rajendran, N Rajan, N Anirudhan, P Vasantham, N Rajan and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan have been inducted to the Council.

While some perceived that factionalism has gripped the party, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said that there was no factionalism in the decision.

"There is no factionalism in the decision. Also, there will be no change in the list. The list is as per the constitution of the party,” Kanam Rajendran said.

Divakaran reportedly boycotted the meeting of the representatives from Kerala, and CN Chandran also criticised the decision. Both Divakaran and Chandran belong to the group led by former state Assistant Secretary K E Ismail.

On the other hand, the faces from the state which have found a place in the Council are those from Kanam Rajendran camp.

The Party Congress, which began on Wednesday, will conclude on Sunday.  


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