How a poor CPM worker built a Rs. 2 crore bungalow

published on June 16, 2008

Govindasamy fall aftershock: CPM grapples with rot within

Author: K Karthikeyan

CHENNAI: The axing of CPM Legislature Party leader C Govindasamy for his ‘corrupt activities’ has sparked doubts among party cadre on whether the party’s ideology reaches the grass roots.

Shocked by Govindasamy’s fall after his rise from humble beginnings, the cadre feels there is a need for a reorientation course on party’s ideology for all functionaries.

A CPM leader said party cadre presented, at an executive committee (EC) meet, a blueprint of a 21 cent bungalow built at a cost of Rs 2 crore in Tirupur constituency and details of Rs 25 lakh transacted between Govindasamy and Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) for settling a wage dispute.

Govindasamy’s woes were compounded due to his reported SMS correspondence with TEA office bearers on receipt of Rs 25 lakh at MLA hostel in Omandurar Estate in Chennai.

Party sources said CPM State EC member and Hosiery Employees Union Leader K Thangavel of Tirupur made strong remarks against Govindasamy in the meeting even as MP and Tirupur party incharge T K Rangarajan tried to sweep the case under the carpet.

Govindasamy took two senior TEA members to a minister and sought Rs 25 lakh to settle the wage dispute, said party sources. However, the ‘deal’ failed when action continued against mill owners.

This is not the first instance of Govindasamy facing allegations of financial misdemeanour. He was pulled up in 1989 for not surrendering his salary to the party.

Govindasamy also hit the headlines recently when controversy was raked up over streetlights developed through MLA fund in Tirupur constituency. Govindasamy could not be reached for his comments.

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