Posters justify VS’s silence

via PNS | Kottayam published on February 1, 2009




After
Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikode and New Delhi, posters supporting CPI(M)
Politburo and Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan in his fight over the SNC
Lavalin deal appeared in Kottayam town on Sunday morning. Huge flex
boards carrying larger than life images of Achuthanandan appeared at
all important spots in the town.

The boards criticized both the
Pinarayi-campers in the CPI(M) and the Congress-led UDF for their
attack against Achuthanandan over his silence in the SNC Lavalin issue.

They said Achuthanandan’s silence would soon change into a great sound that would speak for justice.

“I
am remaining silent in my cocoon now not to remain silent forever,”
read the boards that carried Achuthanandan’s images. The posters also
carried lines from Vayalar Rama Varma’s poem “Ente Dantagopurathilekku
Oru Kshnakkathu”. Large number of such boards was seen at the
Nagambadam area in Kottyam.

Posters and boards criticizing
Pinarayi Vijayan for his alleged involvement in the SNC Lavalin deal
had appeared in Kannur and Kasaragod earlier. The costly flex-printed,
multicolor boards that had appeared in Kannur and the surrounding areas
featured Pinarayi Vijayan’s pictures with raised hands. But in his
clenched fist is seen a wad of currency notes. The boards read
‘Pinarayi, thief of the poor’ and ‘Imprison Pinarayi’.

Posters
that appeared in Delhi had questioned the legitimacy of Karat’s act of
supporting Pinarayi Vijayan even after the CBI listed him as the ninth
accused in the SNC Lavalin case. The posters sarcastically called for
appointing Dawood Ibrahim as general secretary of the CPI(M) instead of
Praksh Karat. The bills, questioning the Party position of favouring
Pinarayi even after such a huge scam had come out, likened Karat to
Dawood. They also ‘demanded’ that Monica Bedi should be made party
member instead of Sitaram Yechuri.

Posters in English and
Malayalam had kept on appearing after the party mambers formally
decided to support Pinarayi in the issue of the scam. These posters
that had appeared in English as well as Malayalam had referred to
Pinarayi as the executioner for the CPI(M). Delhi had seen Malayalee
workers and supporters of CPI(M) there coming out on the streets in
demonstration in March 2006 when the CPI(M) had refused to make
Achuthnandan a candidate in the Assembly election

Kasaragod was
the place where the poster war had appeared first and, according to
reports, the supporters of Achuthanandan had succeeded in getting an
upper hand in this on the Pinarayi loyalists.

The
neo-liberalists were forced to remove almost all the boards and banners
that they had put up to popularise the Yatra in the first round after
the enemy posters appeared.

The pro-Pinarayi men removed the
boards and banners with huge pictures of their leader and put up new
ones with pictures of late leaders such as EMS Namboothirippad, AK
Gopalan and EK Nayanar. In Kasaragod district also, the police were
keeping a close watch on the situation.

The posters that
appeared in Kozhikode last week had asked Prakash Karat not to fall
into the trap set by Pinarayi by lunching at the residence of a Muslim
League leader near the city on Sunday during his visit to the State to
participate in a farm seminar in Wayanad ‘Prakash Karat, you should not
fall into Pirarayi’s trap; don’t lunch at Muslim League leader Gafoor’s
house,’ the posters read.

There were reports that Karat had
accepted an invitation from Gafoor, who was said to have business
connections with Pinarayi, to lunch at his home on Sunday. As posters
filled the city, Gafoor issued a statement denying any plan to give
lunch to Karat.

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