Least Loved Neta May be Next CM
jayan puts off the masses and the intellectuals. That is why Vijayan had to borrow some charisma from movie stars, tainted TV journalists and celebrities, giving them all party tickets. Something unheard of in Kerala politics.
But why doesn’t Vijayan have any charisma? All big Left leaders are known for some people’s movement or the other. In his first term as Opposition leader, VS, till then known largely as a cantankerous apparatchik, metamorphosed into a people’s leader picking up issues concerning the common man against powerful politicians involved in trafficking of girls, land-grabbing and corruption. Even later, though he didn’t do anything dramatic, he was perceived as a people’s CM. No wonder, all the candidates kept VS’ picture in their posters in 2011 polls. And that is the only reason why VS is still being allowed to contest the polls.
The all-powerful politbureau member Vijayan can’t become CM if the party drops VS.
Vijayan is best known for the allegations that he had to battle all these years. As minister for power, Vijayan was accused of corruption based on a CAG report. Lavlin scam still remains the biggest corruption scandal ever against CPI(M) in Kerala. Of course, the CBI court acquitted Vijayan, but technical acquittals are never politically accepted. As party chief, when Vijayan set up a commercial venture, Kairali TV, there were allegations about dubious investment from the liquor lobby.
CPI(M)’s double speak on retrenchment was out on display when Kairali sacked scores of employees. In true corporate style, Vijayan was nonchalant. To top it all, Vijayan’s son, a ‘C-grade’ management student, secured admission to a .₹ 50-lakh MBA course at Birmingham University. Vijayan’s ideology is restricted to the politics of violence in Kannur, his home district, against its own workers who dare to quit, RSS and Muslim League. The greatest irony of Kerala’s Left politics is that Vijayan is a gift of VS’ factional politics. This master strategist foisted a 55-yearold nobody in 1998 to the top position just to decimate competition from honest, ideologically committed colleagues. Vijayan remained on top for 17 years simply because the cadres are trained to be unquestioningly, undemocratically, loyal to the establishment within the party. Vijayan could well become a good CM in terms of ease of business for his friends. For his foes, well, Kannur politics is a reminder.