Fissures in the powerful "Kannur lobby" of the CPM became apparent again following the party state committee's decision that its criticism of P Jayarajan be reported formally in all party committees in the district.
While Jayarajan was pulled up for the music album, Isaac was criticised for the Washington Post article about communists in Kerala. What had invited the ire of the CPM leadership was a recent song and video album on Jayarajan's life that eulogized his struggles for the party and the initiatives he championed. The incident of the state committee criticising Jayarajan came as a total surprise to the party members in Kannur.
It was some of the CPM leaders from Kannur who raised criticisms against P Jayarajan in the state committee meeting that was convened on Saturday.
Following Jayarajan's reaction, the party state secretariat issued a release saying self-criticism was natural in the party. It was also cited that during party meetings in Kannur to protest against the CBI slapping UAPA sections against Jayarajan in connection with an RSS worker's murder, notes were reportedly distributed containing verses glorifying him, sources said.
But in a presser on Monday, Jayarajan maintained a conspicuous silence when queried about reports that he came under fire in the meeting for alleged "self-glorification". Nevertheless, no one expects anything that happened with M V Raghavan would happen to Jayarajan who returned from death's grip for the party. "It merely executes the party policies at the district level", he said.