CPM, CPI taking funds from ‘capitalist’ DMK raises brows
DMK Donated 40Cr To Three LS Poll Allies
New Delhi: Reduced to single-digit strength in Parliament, Left parties CPI and CPM have been put in a spot for accepting donations of Rs 15 crore and Rs 10 crore, respectively, from DMK during the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.
CPM, CPI and Kongu Nadu Democratic Party, among others, contested the Lok Sabha polls as DMK’s alliance partners in Tamil Nadu. In its declaration of poll expenditure to the Election Commission last week, DMK recorded donations of Rs 40 crore — from its
OLD TIMES: total election expenses of about Rs 79 crore — to alliance partners CPI, CPM and KNDP.
While it is not unusual for bigger political parties to assist smaller allies during polls, this exchange caught the public eye for being a transaction between two opposing ends of the ideological spectrum. “Capitalist parties like DMK and AIADMK have traditionally been favourite whipping boys of Left parties for their disproportional use of “money power” in electoral processes. This is also arguably first instance of political parties, that too, national ones, accepting money from another.
CPM made divergent statements on the issue. While TN CPM state secretary K Balakrishnan acknowledged the donation, CPM politburo did not acknowledge it. “Contrary to the allegation, all donations and funds received during the period of Lok Sabha polls have been reflected in the statement of election accounts submitted to the Election Commission. This includes donations and contributions received from all over the country including Tamil Nadu. Nothing is hidden as falsely alleged....The ‘amount’ stated in media report as party expenditure is concocted,” the politburo said in a statement. CPI sources acknowledged the money it took from DMK.
DMK chief M K Stalin addresses a public gathering in support of CPM’s Madurai LS candidate Su Venkatesan in Madurai