Vijayan is running helter-skelter to save his skin from the charges of selling data to the US company by name Sprinklr.
Pinaarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala, whose only obsession nowadays is to occupy the center stage of Indian politics as a rallying point of all forces inimical to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stands with egg on his face at Thiruvananthapuram. All his claims about how Kerala fought back the Coronavirus turned out to be hogwash as the Rs 20,000 crore Coronavirus package flouted by his government fell flat on all four sides because of the empty state coffers.
A massive public relations exercise undertaken by the State Government initially succeeded in deceiving the national media (print and satellite news channels aided by the CPI-M dominated Doordarshan Kendra of Thiruvananthapuram) but the real picture came out in the open thanks to the vehement anti-BJP campaign carried by the party cadre and Pinarayi Bhakths.
Chennithala alleged that the scam was worth Rs 200 crore and a thorough probe should be ordered into the whole deal.
All initiatives launched by the Modi Government at the center to bail out the financially ruined states were projected by the CPI-M and Church controlled media as the handiwork of Pinarayi Vijayan. But a scam of international ramifications has struck the Chief Minister of Kerala which has thrown him off the rails. Vijayan is running helter-skelter to save his skin from the charges of selling data to the US company by name Sprinklr.
It all started when Ramesh Chennithala, the chief minister in waiting (the opposition leader hopes to become the chief minister after the 2021 assembly election) alleging that the LDF Government sold data of 1.7 lakh people tested for Coronavirus to a US-based company Sprinklr in which Vijayan’s close relations had a major stake.
Chennithala alleged that the scam was worth Rs 200 crore and a thorough probe should be ordered into the whole deal. But the Kerala opposition leader had lost his credibility as well as reliability because of his inefficiency during the last four years and people did not take the allegation seriously. It was only with the arrival of AICC General Secretary and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandi into the scene the Sprinklr issue caught the national attention.
Vijayan whose evening press briefings which had caught the national attention thanks to the cashew nuts and other delicacies served during the interaction with the media found it difficult to answer the questions posed by some of the journalists who were praising him to the hilt till the other day. Vijayan who was upset over the questions simply walked out of the press meet with the curt reply that the IT secretary would answer the questions. Health Minister KK Shailaja, all set to emerge as the potential rival of Vijayan was seen chuckling at the discomfiture of the latter.
Though hardcore Pinarayi Bhakths tried their best to belittle the issue by circulating a WhatsApp message in which they claimed that there was nothing wrong in handing over the data to the US company.
Vijayan is facing a lot of pinpricks from the CPI-M itself thanks to the chief ministerial dreams of another Minister Thomas Issac whose hatred for the former is a folklore. The chief minister who never wanted Issac in the cabinet was forced to fall in line to accommodate the communal equation. Since Vijayan is well aware of the evil designs of Issac, who is known for his links with CIA agents like Richarde Frank, he brought in Geetha Gopinath, an IMF economist as his advisor. Though Issac claims he is an economist, his research work was on sociology (The lives of the coir workers of Alappuzha) and is known among the CPI -M itself as Kayarupiri Professor.
The crux of the matter is that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is caught red-handed selling health data of COVID-19 patients as well as those who were quarantined and were put in isolation wards to the US-based company Sprinklr which itself was embroiled in a criminal case of data theft.
The cyber warriors of Pinarayi Vijayan, who even portrayed him as equal to the Chinese President Xi and South Korean Premier Moon Jae-in as the frontline fighter against Coronavirus disappeared overnight. Though hardcore Pinarayi Bhakths tried their best to belittle the issue by circulating a Whatsapp message in which they claimed that there was nothing wrong in handing over the data to the US company. “There was nothing secret or unethical about the deal. There is a branch of technology known as Big Data Analysis all over the world with which one can get all personal details of internet/mobile phone users. So where is the secret in this deal with the US company?” asked the Bhakths through this message.
The interesting thing is that the comrades who always frowned whenever someone mentioned the name USA has started liking the country. Every day, you can see hundreds and hundreds of comrades from Kerala queuing in front of the US Consulate in Chennai’s Gemini Circle to get a visa to fly away to the new land of opportunities. The US has become the home away from home for both Pinarayi Vijayan and party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The comrades are under medical supervision in one of the famous hospitals in the US for the advanced state of a serious ailment. Both of them did not fly away to Cuba or China or even Russia for their routine rejuvenation therapy. Comrades prefer Health Care of Imperialist US to socialist Cuba/China. What about Putin? He too has become Imperialist… Red salute, Comrades.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
 Congress sharpens attack on govt over Sprinklr row – Apr 18, 2020, Indianexpress