Sticking to his stand, the 92-year-old Achuthanandan, who has boycotted the three-day conference after walking out of it on the opening day on February 21, said a state secretariat resolution that termed him as an anti-party activist still exists and this prompted him to keep away from the meet.

His boycott had triggered speculation that he would take hard steps like demitting the post of the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.

Terming Achuthanandan's action as a serious lapse, the CPIM politbureau on Sunday directed him to attend the concluding session of the meet on Monday. However, the veteran Marxist chose not to comply with the directive.

"A party state secretariat resolution terming me as an anti-party activist still remains. In the present circumstances, I kept away from the meeting as I am convinced that it is not proper for me to participate in the meet," Achuthanandan said in a statement.
"Due to the above reasons, I am not able to attend the concluding session of the meet today and I also have informed my position to party General Secretary," the leader said.

However, he welcomed the removal of certain critical remarks against him in the party's state conference working report and expressed hope that the remaining comments would also be dropped after the politbureau examined them.

He also wanted the party to take action against party members, who were facing charges in the murder of rebel CPI-M leader T P Chandrasekheran.

On Sunday, a meeting of the "available" Polit Bureau members presided by General Secretary Prakash Karat, held that the boycott of the conference by Achuthanandan was a serious mistake and wanted him to return to the meet.
The latest crisis in the party was precipitated on the eve of the party's state conference, which began on February 20, after a dissenting note of Achuthanandan citing serious flaws in the conduct of the state unit meet under his arch foe Pinarayi Vijayan got published in a section of media.

The issue got flared up after the state secretariat came out with a virtual indictment of the senior leader for shooting off a letter to the central leadership castigating party affairs under Vijayan.

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