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CPI-M has become pro-capitalism: JD-S leader

By Arun Lakshman in Thiruvananthapuram
August 23, 2009 20:28 IST
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M P Veerendrakumar, former state president of the Janata DalĀ - Secular, who quit the party following differences of opinion with the Communist party of India - Marxist over the allocation of Lok Sabha seats, has lashed out at his former ally.

Veerendrakumar, who is also the managing director of leading daily Mathrubhumi, stated that the CPI-M leadership has become pro-capitalism and alleged that the party was trying to promote five-star hotels.

It may be recalled that the Janata Dal-S has virtually split in the state with its two Members of Legislative Assembly, Mathew T Thomas and Jose Thettayil, supporting the Left Front while the remaining three MLAs are siding with Veerendrakumar.

The JD-S leader and his party were sidelined by the CPI-M top brass in the run-up to the elections, as the party leadership felt that Mathrubhumi was writing articles in support of Kerala Chief Minister Achuthanandan, during the fierce factional war within the party.

It is believed that the antagonistic stand taken by the Mathrubhumi, along with the anti-Left stance of Kerala's most popular daily Malayalam Manorama, is one of the major reasons for the drubbing of the CPI-M in the Lok Sabha election.

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Arun Lakshman in Thiruvananthapuram