Criticizing party leaders in public ” unacceptable ”, against standards, says CPI D Raja
New Delhi, October 5 (PTI) Criticizing party leaders in public is “unacceptable” and substandard, CPI Secretary General Dr Raja said on Tuesday.
His remark came after CPI Kerala Secretary Kanam Rajendran publicly criticized Dr Raja and his wife Annie Raja a few weeks earlier.
Things had come to a head when Annie Raja, a member of the CPI’s national executive, criticized the Kerala police.
Opposing this, Rajendran had said that such open criticism should be made after discussion with the state leadership of the party after it emerged that Raja supported his wife’s view that the police in the Kerala was “blatantly misogynistic” and controlled by an “RSS gang”.
Speaking at a press conference in Delhi on Tuesday after the three-day meeting of the CPI National Council, Dr Raja said: âWe are all party leaders and the party has a set of standards and discipline. We have internal democracy where there is an adequate opportunity for all members to raise issues and criticize.
“Criticizing the secretary general or any party leader in public or in the press is not acceptable. It is a bad thing to do. Discipline must be respected,” he said.
According to sources, Rajendran was the subject of criticism within the party after his public criticism of the secretary general. Last week, he argued that the party code applied to all members equally.
“The problem only arises when the standards are violated. If it is not violated, then there is no problem. As a person who has read the (party) constitution, I adhere to discipline, âRajendran told reporters in Kerala on Tuesday.
Raja, however, maintained that national CPI leaders have the freedom to openly express their views on issues such as crime against women and the functioning of the police.
“The party is the supreme power; no one is beyond the functioning of the party. All members must know the party code of conduct,” he added. PTI ASG NSD
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