Thiruvananthapuram, May 17 : V S Achuthanandan has lashed out at the CPI(M)'s Kerala unit leadership, holding them accountable for the disintegration of the Left Democratic Front in the State.

Achuthanandan mounted the verbal attack on the party's leadership in the State in an exclusive chat with private news channel Manorama News on Sunday.

He said that the attitude of the LDF, of which CPI(M) is the most senior partner, towards its members like the Janata Dal and the Revolutionary Socialist Party left them disgruntled and paved the way for their departure from the coalition.

He also condemned the CPI(M)'s hobnobbing with communal elements like Madauny in the run up to the elections even as coalition partners were sidelined by denying them seats they deserved.

"It is the party leadership's approach towards its coalition partners that has resulted in the disintegration of the CPI(M) and the LDF," he said.

"M P Veerendrakumar [JD(U) President] left the front miffed at the LDF leadership for not giving him the seat he deserved. The Revolutionary Socialist Party was humiliated and forced out," he added.

In a thinly veiled dig at Pinarayi Vijayan, the veteran leader held the leadership that took over the mantle of the party in 2004 responsible for the party's declining fortunes, saying the setbacks the party and the left front suffered in 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha polls were a fallout of the wrong approaches it adopted.

On whether he would work towards bringing the JD(U) and the RSP back to the LDF fold, he replied in the affirmative, asserting that he had already begun efforts to that end.

Calling on the party leadership to mend its errant ways, he said that the LDF should strive to move forward by reconciling with its estranged allies and bringing to the left fold all like-minded parties and secular forces.

The statements, a virtual indictment of the party top brass, could potentially trigger a revival of the hostility between the CPI(M)'s state leadership and Achuthanandan, a founder-member of the party and its senior-most leader in the State.

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