When Prakash Karat takes the stage, clap — this was what the CPM told its cadre in Kochi.
With election prospects not too good in Kerala and Bengal, the party clearly didn’t want to take a chance at the rally that the party general secretary and chief ministers of both states addressed yesterday.
The instruction to applaud Karat wasn’t the only one handed to CPM workers by the state party unit. There was another — don’t drink.
Disciplined is what party workers weren’t in Kottayam last year, when drunken scenes marked the state conference. At the end of that meet, as Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan took the stage, the cadre went berserk with applause. Some of the exuberance came out of the bottle.
The Kottayam meet ended with Bottles being thrown at Comrade Achu Mama. Not sure if any found their target.