Saturday, March 29, 2008

End of a Era for CPM

The CPM is beginning Coimbatore party congress without its last remaining founding fathers, Jyoti Basu and Harkishen Singh Surjeet.

This is the first time the two veterans — members of the original politburo that had presided over the CPM’s formation by splitting timage he undivided communist party in 1964 — will be absent from the important meeting. Both have opted out, citing their advanced age.

Now the Next Era belongs to Leaders like  Husband Wife Duo Prakash and Brinda Karat.  It is Ironic that the UK Educated General Secretary of CPM which claims to be representative of  Workers and Peasants has never worked in his life to earn Livelihood! In fact, According to his own admission he went to Edinburgh University to Avoid Working!

"I wanted to avoid taking a job after my graduation."

His Wife, Brinda Karat was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. A Career Airhostess and a Parttime Actress (she has acted in Amu, a film directed by Shonali Bose), She did her schooling from Premier  Welham  Girls School in Dehradun and College was done from Miranda House one of the premier Women's Institutions of Delhi University. Her political activities ranged from campaigning against the mandatory wearing of skirts in the airlines to accusing famous Hindu seer Baba Ramdev of violating labor laws, and publicizing accusations about his workers mixing human body parts in potions

The best part is the Husband Wife Duo has never won a Popular Election.

Now in Coimbatore, Prakash Karat shares a larger-than-life poster with Fidel Castro and his wife is busy providing "soundbites" to secular media.

What a fall for a party who used to Boast of Leaders like EMS etc...

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

A.B. Bardhan gets his Due in Andhra

CPI party general secretary A.B. Bardhan had a bitter experience when a group of Telangana youngsters manhandled him.

The youth, reported to be supporters of former Telangana Students Union leader Pasham Yadagiri, descended at the ongoing 20th National Congress of the CPI around 9.15 p.m. and started circulating pamphlets in support of Telangana state. They managed to gain entry and tried to corner Bardhan over the delay in announcing the partys stand on separate Telangana.

Bardhan refused to accept the pamphlet from them. Angered over this, the youth pushed him aside and started questioning the State leaders about their stand on Telangana. With the situation going out of control, the volunteers of CPI intervened and bodily lifted the youngsters out of the venue.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jyothi Basu's Secret Tryst with BJP Leaders

Even though publicly the Communists loathed the BJP, Communist patriarch Jyoti Basu held a clandestine meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani when the National Front was in power.

The former West Bengal chief minister sought a meeting with him and Vajpayee because he felt that the multi-party National Front government led by V P Singh was not functioning well.

But Basu laid a pre-condition: the meeting had to be under cover. The message was send thru Viren Shah's a successful Mumbai-based industrialist, a friend of both Advani and Basu, played the emissary. The Message was

“No one should know about our meeting. Especially people in my party would not like it. This government is not functioning properly. I feel the three of us - Atalji, you and I - should meet to discuss the situation. Why don't we meet at Viren Shah's residence in Delhi?”

In their response to Shah, the BJP leaders said:

“We thank Jyoti babu for his suggestion. If he is interested in meeting us, we are prepared to go to Kolkata to meet him there. Otherwise, if he wants the meeting to take place in Delhi, he is most welcome to come to either Atalji's house or my house for dinner.”

The meeting finally took place at Shah's residence.


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