Kerala Chief Minister Achuthanandan incurred the wrath of the party high command during the Chinese aggression in 1962 as he organised a blood donation campaign for Indian soldiers, defying the party policy that led to his being shunted out of the Central Committee to the branch committee.
In 1962, VS was detained in a prison here along with several other party workers due to Indian Communist Party’s Pro-Chinese position" in the war.
In the jail, Without consulting the party elders, VS called upon the political prisoners to donate blood for the soldiers. A fellow prisoner leaked out the information to a popular pro-Left English weekly, which made big story out of it. The party later discussed the matter and Achuthanandan was demoted to the lowest tier in the organisation.
It is shocking that this party was part of ruling formation!