CPM, CPI tak­ing funds from ‘cap­i­tal­ist’ DMK raises brows

DMK Do­nated 40Cr To Three LS Poll Al­lies

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - [email protected] times­group.com

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.

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DMK chief M K Stalin ad­dresses a pub­lic gath­er­ing in sup­port of CPM’s Madu­rai LS can­di­date Su Venkate­san in Madu­rai

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