Least Loved Neta May be Next CM

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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