The CPI state secretary, who owned up responsibility for publishing the articles, however, clarified that those articles didn’t reflect the stand of CPI. “Only editorials in Janayugom are the reflections of CPI position,” Rajendran told reporters in Kannur.

The CPI leader was shrewd enough to bring veteran CPM leader VS Achuthanandan while discussing the issue. Defending a probe by the revenue department on the land misuse by the law academy, Rajendran said it was not possible to ignore a complaint filed by VS who is a senior LDF leader. “We don’t view the protest as a political one. It is a protest by students who raised reasonable demands. It is not a protest against the government and we are speaking about it in public as it is not an inter-party issue in LDF,” he said.
Former state secretary of CPI, Pannyan Raveendran, who levelled scathing criticism against the SFI, continued his attack in the same tone on Monday. He said that it was the responsibility of the government to settle the protest amicably. He repeated the allegation that SFI played spoilsport during the discussion convened by the education minister as it didn’t want to upset the understanding it had reached with the management.
Sources in the LDF said though the issue has gone beyond permissible limits, there hasn’t been any serious effort to settle it. There are no senior leaders in the front who can mediate between warring constituents and prod them to reach a consensus. Earlier, RSP leaders like K Pankajakshan and T J Chandrachoodan had acted in that role whenever there had been a problem. With RSP’s exit from the front, there is no other constituent or leader in the LDF who can mediate between CPM and CPI.