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Communist Party of India-Marxist to spend more than $1,000,000 on party congress

In Asia on April 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Kozhikode, India —The Communist Party of India-Marxist is said to have spend more than 1,300,000 US dollars (roughly 1,000,000 Euros and 70,000,000 Indian rupees) on a six day party congress that started on April 4.

CPI-M supporters in the state of Karnataka

On April 4, the 20th congress of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) began and will cost 1,300,000 US dollars in a country where the average income is roughly 3,000 US dollars annually and almost 30 percent of the population live in poverty.

The party is able to finance this due to wealthy donors. Several large corporations have donated to the CPI-M, and front row seats for the congress were reserved for wealthy business owners and corporate managers. The reason for businesses to donate to the CPI-M is not for some philanthropist reason or communist sympathies but because the party occasionally rules Kerala and businesses want to continue their business without too much interference.

The CPI-M has sold out the workers and peasants in India by allowing businesses to continue their exploitation of workers and resources unhindered by a self-proclaimed communist party.

India Today reports that “The [CPI-M] has come a long way from veteran communists E.M. Sanakaran Namboodripad, A.K. Gopalan, Ranadeve and Sundrayya. Nampoodirpad had once rejected Rs.8 lakh from the Tata group. Party senior politburo member Sitaram Yechury reiterated the policy recently. In Kerala, things are different. The party runs a TV channel, but its majority shareholders are alcohol barons. It runs theme parks and business concerns.”

The Communist Party of India has criticised the practices of their ally CPI-M.

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