In six months PK Sasi, the CPM legislator from Shoranur accused of assaulting a female youth activist and suspended from the party, has 'reformed' and is back in the Palakkad district committee.
On a complaint by the female activist that she was sexually assaulted by Sasi who also made lewd talk over the phone, the party state and central leadership initially refused to acknowledge the complaint. Finally, she dashed off an email to party general secretary Sitaram Yechury who immediately asked the state leadership to probe the matter. A two-member party committee probed the matter and found that the phone chat of Sasi was 'unbecoming of a party leader' and recommended a 'harsh' punishment of suspending him from the party for six months from November 2018.
This was time for him to 'reform' and he was taken back into the party fold before the Lok Sabha elections. The Palakkad district committee of which he was a member when suspended recommended that he be brought back to the district's highest body, and was simply accepted by the state committee recently with no opposition and was conveyed on Thursday. Sasi is expected to attend the next district committee meeting.
Incidentally, the complainant is now part of the leadership after quitting in protest against the soft stand of the party for Sasi. That has, however, not been considered, said a party official in Palakkad.
According to a party central committee member, immediately after the voting for the Lok Sabha election, the party internal assessment was that it would win two of the 20 seats - Alappuzha and Palakkad. However after the results were announced, the CPM was dubbed and could win only in Alappuzha.
A section of the party in Palakkad, a CPM bastion, attributed the defeat to Sasi working against the party candidate. The leadership had said it would look into the causes of the defeat. But even before that, Sasi's return to the party and to the district committee would make the inquiry into the defeat a mere farce, said a local leader in Palakkad.