Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Pinarayi Vijayan Kerala CPM state secretary in League of global leaders

Kerala's CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has joined a select league of world leaders including Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao  and former US president George Bush  who have braved missiles in recent times.

Expectedly, coming from one of Kerala's dhoti-clad denizens, the missile was a chappal as against Jiabao and Bush who had to duck shoes in London and Baghdad respectively. In other similarities between the incidents, all three protestors missed their targets and all shouted curses to back up their acts.

Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi shouted "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog", when he hurled the first shoe and, "this is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq" when he threw the second one.

The young man who targeted Jiabao in London had shouted "dictator" while throwing the footwear, which reportedly missed the target by a metre.

The Payyannur protestor, identified as 29-year-old T M Shaji shouted "V S Achuthanandan zindabad" before throwing his chappal, just after Vijayan had reviewed a guard of honor by his cadres.

A League of their own

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Pinarayi Vijayan's Rs 85-crore cancer hospital that was to be.


The CPM party constitution says.

“Party members found to be strike-breakers, drunkards, moral degenerates, betrayers of party confidence, guilty of grave financial corruption can be summarily suspended from the party membership and removed from all responsible positions by the party unit to which they belongs or by a higher party body pending the issue of the chargesheet to them and getting their explanation. This summary suspension and removal from all responsible positions in the party cannot be extended for a period of more than three months,”

of course this is not applicable for people who are "more" equal

Monday, February 02, 2009

CPM honcho leases land at Re 1/acre

The current price of land in the heart of the industrial town of Haldia is Rs 20 crore an acre. But for someone as powerful as Lakshman Seth - the chairman of the Haldia Development Authority (HDA) and CPM member of the Lok Sabha from Tamluk - the same land can be as cheap as Re 1 per acre.

The HDA donated nearly 37 acres to Indian Centre for Advancement of Research and Education (ICARE), an NGO run by Seth, for just Rs 37.

This is the second case in which a CPM leader has used his political clout to promote an NGO run by him. Central committee member Nilotpal Basu had taken bank loans for his NGO, GRASSO, but had failed to pay up.