news Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 16, 2015 | 3.30 PM IST Malayalam news channel Reporter TV has come out with a rather sharp opinion piece on the Communist Party of India (Marxist), written by its own Executive Editor PK Prakash, one of Kerala’s well known journalists. The piece is titled – “Want to be a leader? Kill and prostitute” goes on to attack the Left in Kerala through every word. Prakash writes that the two recent district committee meetings of CPI(M) in Ernakulam and Kozhikode suggested that to become a leader in the party, one should either kill someone (possibly from within the party) or engage in prostitution (preferably inside one’s party office). Another mandatory rule in order to be a leader in the party was to be loyal to the party secretary (even more than to the party). Prakash’s word fight seems to be against a number of incidents that took place at the district committee meetings in Kochi and Kozhikode. On Thursday, CPI (M) leader P Mohanan, who was acquitted in the murder of a party rebel leader TP Chandrashekharan was elected the party Kozhikode district secretary. Prakash quotes TP’s wife KK Rema to say that his elevation was infact a gift to him for the murder of Chandrashekharan. Prakash goes on to cite in his piece a number of such local leaders who he opines are being given mileage for all the wrong reasons. Gopi Kottumurikkal a CPI(M) leader who was dismissed from the party in 2012 for engaging in illicit activities in the party office, was taken back to the party during the Ernakulam party meet. P Rajeev, the new district secretary of Ernakulam unit is being rewarded for his true loyalty towards the party secretary- Pinarayi Vijayan, the article says. Despite the strongly worded criticism that Prakash put forward against the CPI (M), a quick glimpse through Facebook shows us that not everyone agrees with him. In languages similar and even harsher than the writer, many suggest that such a strong intrusion into the party’s functioning was uncalled for and even unwanted. CPI(M) leader and former minister Thomas Isaac dismissed the article. Those who were commenting on the Facebook post say that it was fine for media to report party’s discussion on matters like a Lok Sabha election campaign but to report on issues like the internal elections to the party’s district level offices were unwanted. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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