Central leadership of CPI(M) in dilemma on how to act against these two leaders
The integrity of the major Left party the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI(M)] is in shambles after two of its Politburo members’ aide and son are caught in gold smuggling and narcotics trade. The central leadership of CPI(M) has literally become a mute spectator as two of its powerful members Kerala Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan and the party’s Kerala State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is facing all sorts of allegations. The CPI(M) -Communist Party of India (Marxist)-ruled-lone-state – Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s strong image as an administrator has gone for a toss after his Principal Secretary M Shivashankar became an accused along with a con lady in the gold smuggling from Dubai using diplomatic baggage of the UAE Consulate. Now he is in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Kerala’s media is full of sleazy stories about the Chief Minister’s suspended Principal Secretary’s derailed life with smuggling agent Swapna Suresh, who was also a staffer in UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. She was also a frequenter to the CM’s office and was also part of all sorts of racketeering activities.
The latest blow to CPI(M) came when the State Unit Chief Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son Bineesh was arrested for narcotics trade linked to Bangalore based hotel. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has unearthed the financing by Bineesh of more than Rs.3 Crores to the people running the drug racket in Bangalore. It is widely reported in Kerala media that Bineesh was financing the narcotics trade. It is well known that Chief Minister Vijayan and the CPI(M) Party Secretary Balakrishnan are working like one unit and Balakrishnan’s sons are facing a lot of controversies and dubious business dealings. Balakrishnan’s elder son Binoy is already involved in a case filed by a Bihari lady in Maharashtra Court for claiming compensation for the birth of an illegitimate kid.
General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is on a moun-vrat (silence) when their two Polit Bureau members are caught up in gold smuggling and narcotics trade.
Chief Minister Vijayan’s daughter was also facing controversies for floating companies in Bangalore and linked to getting projects from Kerala, according to the opposition parties Congress and BJP. Vijayan who was born in a very poor family was criticized for his plush lifestyle and wealth creation after he reached dizzying heights in the power echelon, which is always a hot topic even inside party circles. But due to his clout and control inside the party, the rebels were sidelined.
The big problem before the CPI(M)’s central leadership is how to act against these two leaders from Kerala. It is well known that the perishing Communist party in India is getting only finances from Kerala, which is the only state in the country that the party remains in power. For the past few years, the Communist parties’ resources dried up in West Bengal, where the party remained in power for more than 35 years at a stretch.
In India, CPI(M) is always the first in demanding resignation or removal of political leaders of other parties when caught with any irregularities. Now the same party headed by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is on a moun-vrat (silence) when their two Polit Bureau members are caught up in gold smuggling and narcotics trade.
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