Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Has CPM now become West Bengal Regional Party?

As the railway minister today announced the dole earmarked for each state’s kitty, a clutch of Left MPs from Bengal grew terribly agitated, kicked up a hue and cry and stomped straight out of Parliament.

So upset were West Bengal comrades, including members from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) and the Communist Party of India (CPI), that some of them got up from their seats and ran angrily to the well of the House.

CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said

We staged a walkout against privatisation and Bengal being neglected,”

But sadly CPM MP's from Kerala decided to ignore their counter parts from West Bengal despite floor leader Basudeb Acharya directing them to do so. To show their support to Lalu Prasad's budget, most Kerala MPs--barring two--came to the front row and remained seated together. One was seen reacting angrily when fellow comrades from West Bengal were trying to force them to join in their walkout. I guess CPM Kerala Group was happy that they got a coach factory for 3 Trains.

Later, outside the House, Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh came forward to the Kerala MPs and "congratulated" them. "I feel proud of Kerala MPs. For the first time, that you did not join the hooliganism of your Bengal comrades," Ramesh told them.

The CPI-M leader Mr Basudeb Acharia took a dig at Mr Yadav’s alleged “Bihar-obsession”,

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