The boycott of Wednesday's cabinet meeting by CPI over which war of words is raging between the two major partners of the ruling LDF seems lately to have caused division within CPI too. Senior CPI leader and former assistant secretary K.E.Ismail's allegation that several leaders of the party were neither consulted nor informed in advance about the boycott was on Saturday contradicted by CPI assistant secretary Prakash Babu.
K.E.Ismail had told a news channel that the boycott by CPI nominees of the state cabinet was not a party decision and hence several leaders of the party were in the dark about it. Ismail, in effect was showing the boycott of the cabinet by his party’s ministers as abrupt and in poor light. He had also expressed the view that the resignation of Thomas Chandy was not delayed. Ismail said that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had taken time only to examine all aspects of the issue and therefore, there was no delay either on the part of the Chief Minister either.
Ismail's statement to the news channel provoked his comrades in the CPI. Party's assistant secretary Prakash Babu came out in the open against Ismail on Saturday stating that the later was ill informed about the whole issue. Prakash Babu said there was no division in the CPI over the cabinet boycott. The decision for boycott was taken by the party's state executive. Ismail did not attend the executive and hence he could have been in the dark about the decision, stated Prakash Babu. It had also been decided at the executive not to publicize the decision to boycott the cabinet, he added. He pointed out that party state secretary Kanam Rajendran himself had endorsed in public the boycott.