Ruling partner CPI came down heavily on Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on the concluding day of the executive council of Communist Party of India (CPI) on Friday. Most of the CPI leaders who spoke in the council were of the opinion that Pinarayi has been taking an autocratic stand in Munnar evictions as well as on various other issues.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran told media that whatever concerns he had raised against Pinarayi government are the opinions of his party. Kanam had earlier voiced serious criticism against the government over the Munnar eviction issue, when Pinarayi took a stand against evictions.
Kanam also criticised the governmentâs decision to hold an all-party meeting on Munnar evictions.
âBig time encroachers can be evicted only by enforcing the laws strongly. The government should allow the officers to enforce the law. Mainstream political parties should offer all support to them. The government should consider enacting a law, on the lines of the one in Andhra Pradesh, to mete out stringent punishment to encroachers,â Kanam said, The Hindu reports.
Kanam also urged for an anti-land grab act to check encroachments.
"Inadequacies in the existing 'Kerala Land Conservancy Act to check unauthorized occupation of government land is known to all," Kanam said, Manoramaonline
Kanam said that the government should consider a new law that gives suitable punishment to land grabbers.
Earlier in Munnar, when the revenue officials removed a cross, placed on encroached government land, Pinarayi had condemned the revenue departmentâs action. Kanam had severely criticised Pinarayi and CPI (M) then.
In the press meet conducted after the council meet, Kanam asked the CPI (M) leadership not to threaten them over their Congress âtie-upâ.
âWe are talking about a broad alliance against communalism and fascism and not about any electoral tie-up,â he said