In the line of fire for choosing a five-star hotel to hold three-day Central Committee meeting, a CPM state committee member has come up with an explanation only to cause further embarrassment for the party 
 

"What wrong in worker's party leaders having good food," party state committee member and former MLA Koliyakkode Krishnan Nair quipped when media persons raised the controversy at a press conference on Thursday.  

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CPM Thiruvananthapuram district secretary Anavoor Nagappan intervened saying that the party decided to convene the conclave in the five-star hotel considering the security of leaders. As many as 90 leaders attending the conference need special security. Hence the party opted the hotel, he said.
 

Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala ridiculed the CPM by pointing out the ironic mismatch between the party's Plenum document that underscored the need for shunning extravaganza in party programmes. "The supreme council of the party which should lead by example is splurging money while preaching austerity," he wrote on Facebook. 

 
The Congress leader clarified that he was not against holding the meeting in a five-star hotel. He was only pointing out that the workers' party was not walking the talk, he wrote.

 

The luxurious conclave of the CPM had triggered a heated debate on social media with many critics questioning the Communist party's working class credentials.