March 31, 2016 5:57:53 am
In a press release Wednesday, Dwarka Collective, an organisation aimed at “expanding and safeguarding liberal spaces”, strongly condemned the expulsion of P K Ravindranathan, one of its core members, from the CPI(M), of which he has been a part for several years.
Dwarka Collective was formed in July 2015, with a core group of 20 people; Ravindranathan was one of them. His membership and active participation in the group was the reason behind his expulsion from the party, said the Dwarka Collective.
Confirming that the expulsion was because of Ravindranathan’s activities as a member of the Dwarka Collective, K M Tiwari, secretary of the Delhi branch of the CPI(M), said, “He didn’t believe in or follow the discipline of the party. He was more interested in working with an NGO, and people like that have no principles, they will stand with anybody. This NGO today, another tomorrow. We can’t stop individuals, that is their freedom, but you have to follow the discipline of the place where you work.”
Members of the Dwarka Collective said, “It is beyond any logic that someone can be expelled for being a part of a secular and democratic activity in the times when there is an all-round onslaught on every kind of dissent. We strongly condemn P K Ravindranathan’s expulsion from CPI(M)… this is nothing but a self goal.”
However, Ravindranathan refused to speak on the issue, saying he would “prefer not to comment on it at this point”.
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