Faced with criticism for holding the Central Committee (CC) meeting of the CPM in a five-star hotel and compromising its proletarian credentials, the party general secretary Sitaram Yechury suggested that the conclave at the luxury hotel was much cheaper in comparison! 

 

When he was about to conclude his press briefing after the three-day CC meeting at Thiruvananthapuram, a journalist raised the paradox of the worker's party holding its meeting in a five-star facility. Apparently, the CPM leader was not expecting that query. But he was happy to oblige. His response, however, was quite different from that of his comrades who defended the five-star conclave in the past few days. 
 

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When the total expense was taken into account, it was much less in comparison, Yechury said. The conveyance cost was reduced to a minimum and it was much less expensive than other places, he added. 

 

Is this (splurging money on luxury) what people would expect from a party that repeatedly demands austerity and simplicity?
 

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We don't believe in pretending simplicity just for the sake of a show. The actual expense was much less, Yechury added.

 

The CPM organised its three-day conclave participated by just over hundred CC members and special invitees from January 6 to 8 at a five-star hotel in Thiruvananthapuram inviting criticism. The attempts by the state leadership to defend the decision were counter-productive. 

 

"What wrong in worker's party leaders having good food," asked party state committee member and former MLA Koliyakkode Krishnan Nair. 

 

CPM Thiruvananthapuram district secretary stated that the luxury hotel was booked for the CC meeting considering the safety and security of party leaders.