Attended by over 700 delegates from all states, the 20th national conference of the CPI(M) Party Congress which concluded in Kozhikode on Monday, was expected to be about change. And it did bring in change, lots of it.
The six-day event was lavish and grand, with party members splurging like 'tycoons'. The Rs 10 crore event was a mega-show, and nothing short of a celebration. A football tournament with a Rs 1.6 crore budget, a history exhibition and a film festival were just some of the events to spice up the conclave, reported Times of India.
And guess where the funding for the whole tamasha came from? Corporate houses! Money that is otherwise untouchable for communists.
In the run up to the meeting, India Today reported that the event's 734 delegates, 11 veterans, 70 observers and other foreign comrades would be provided five-star accommodation and food for over a week.
The party also virtually painted Kozhikode red with 60 big sculptures, over 400 pieces of graffiti, hundreds of flex boards, thousands of banners and countless party flags.
Despite all the grand expenditure and lavishness however, at the meeting party members were still talking about neo-liberalism’, ‘imperialist globalisation’, ‘bourgeoise vices’ and the‘transition of capitalism to socialism’.
Maybe someone should tell them that Communism begins at home!
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Updated Date: Apr 10, 2012 15:25:08 IST