(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 08, 2012
KERALA NEWS LETTER
Yet Another Betrayal
ONE of the most used
points in the anti-Left
propaganda is that Left stands against “development”. How
untrue this canard is
can be gauged from the record of successive Left governments.
The Left and
Democratic Front rule in Kerala during 2006-2011saw the state
industrially. Various new projects were started under that
prime priority of that government was to reopen the industrial
units that were
closed down during the previous UDF government. It also
focused on new
generation sectors like IT apart from
infrastructure development. The initial steps for the
Kochi Metro were
taken by the LDF. The then chief minister V S Achuthananandan
and the then
finance minister Dr T M Thomas Isaac held a series of
discussions with DMRC
But the new UDF
government is bent on getting
rid of the DMRC from the project. The government announced in
a casual manner
that there would be global tenders for Kochi Metro leading to
disdain from DMRC
which is already associated with the project. It announced
that it will withdraw
from Kochi Metro project if the government is going ahead on
its own. The hope
of the people of
The opposition saw a
huge case of corruption in
the UDF government’s move, as recently the bank account of
Kochi Metro Rail
Limited (KMRL) was given to a bank managed by a close relative
of the chief
minister Ommen Chandy. The
leaders alleged that government is planning to award the
project to other
companies instead of DMRC, a public sector unit which is well
known for its
transparency and its spectacular track record. CPI(M) leaders
P Rajeev, MP, and
T M Thomas Isaac,
MLA, said that there
was 'a mystery behind the latest moves on the part of the
state government to
get rid of
KMRL managing director Tom Jose said he had no information about such a decision of the DMRC but added that its withdrawal would in no way affect the timely implementation of the 26 km metro rail project. The KMRL would start the implementation of the project once the necessary clearance came from the centre, he said.
The cold war between the two metro companies reached a flashpoint after Tom Jose wrote to the DMRC to inform that it could participate in the open tender process planned for selecting the implementation agency. The DMRC reportedly felt slighted at this as it had been associated with the Kochi Metro project right from the very beginning.
Warning the UDF
government, CPI(M) state
secretary Pinarayi Vijayan called upon the people of Kerala to
situation in which Kochi Metro project would be scuttled. “The
planning to get rid of DMRC from the project and try to invite
in the name of global tender. This will lead to loss of the
expertise of DMRC
and experience of
Leader of opposition,
V S Achuthanandan charged
that the move to get rid of DMRC was meant for indulging in
huge corruption. “
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and former state home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also charged the UDF government of trying to get rid of DMRC in order to get kickbacks from new private parties. He demanded that at no cost should the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation be removed from the project.
Even the union minister Vayalar Ravi has asked the Chandy government to be cautious in the way the state government went about this project.
Sreedharan said that it was for the state government to take a final decision on the implementation of the Kochi Metro rail project. Refusing to speak on the controversy over the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's role in the implementation of the project, he said that DMRC got involved in the project following repeated appeals made by both the UDF and former LDF governments.
It is a panic situation for the UDF to face a bye-election in Kerala now. As the election for Piravam constituencey in Eranakulam district is due, the ruling front is trying to keep its options open till the end. The state government has not approached the Election Commission for conducting the election so far.
The bye-election in Piravam is necessitated due to the death of civil supplies minister and Kerala Congress (J) leader T M Jacob on October 31, 2011. After the death of an elected representative, the election should be conducted within six months. But the delaying tactics of the UDF may put the election off to April.
This is quite a testimony to the nervousness in the UDF as the anti-incumbency feeling is already high in the state. The recent developments like Mullapperiyar dam issue and scent of corruption in Kochi Metro affair have also pushed the UDF on to the back foot. It was anticipated that the election date for Piravam may be announced along with the announcement of assembly elections to Uttar Pradesh and other states.
Soon after the death of T M Jacob, UDF had started the electioneering by annoucing Jacob’s son Anup Jacob as its candidate. The LDF also put up former legislator M J Jacob in the fray. In the last assembly election held in April 2011, M J Jacob has lost the seat by a thin margin of 150 votes. The death of T M Jacob has further reduced the strength of the UDF in the assembly to 71 from 72 in the 140 member assembly.
In the midst of
raising slogans by hundreds of
Party workers, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member S Ramachandran
Pillai inaugurated the
reception committee office of the 20th CPI(M) Party Congress
which is scheduled
to be held in
The office is located
CPI(M) state committee member and former industries minister Elamaram Kareem presided over the function. Among those who were present included CPI(M) district secretary and Reception Committee general secretary T P Ramakrishnan, state committee member and former district secretary M Kelappan, well known scientist and environmental activist Dr Achuthan, Mayor Professor A K Premajam, well known writer P Valsala and several senior CPI(M) leaders. The various subcommittees of Reception Committee started functioning from this office.
Speaking on the occasion, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member S Ramachandran Pillai has said that the draft ideological document to be presented before the Party Congress would be finalised by the Party central committee, which is to be held in Kolkata, next month. The Polit Bureau has already discussed it and submitted to the central committee for its perusal.
The draft political resolution also has been finalised by the Polit Bureau. The central committee has to give its nod for the document before it goes to the Party Congress. He said that by the third week of January, both documents, ideological as well as political, will be published for discussion. All the Party units would discuss the documents and propose their amendments and suggestions.
People who are not members of the CPI(M) can also propose their amendments on the ideological document and political resolution. He said that the Party Congress will analyse the political and economical developments that took place during the last fifty years ever since the formation of the CPI(M) as part of its exercise to arrive at a fresh ideological understanding.
The new understanding would naturally influence Party's strategy, tactics as well as the organisational tasks. The Party Congress will formulate fresh tactical line to equip the Party to respond to current challenges. Pillai said that capitalism was facing grave crisis all over the world. The waves of protest against neo-liberal policies of capitalist regimes erupted even on the Wall Street.
As part of CPI(M)
20th Party Congress, the
cultural sub committee of the Reception Committee is
conducting a short film
competition on the topic ‘Marx Is Right’. The length of the
film should be of
five minutes duration. The films, shot in CD or DVD formats,
should reach to
the following address on or before March 20, 2012: Convenor, Cultural Committee, CPI(M) 20th Party
The best film will be awarded with Rs 25,000 cash prize, announced the convenor, Purushan Kadalundi who is a sitting MLA.