Sunday, March 1, 2009

Don’t be a Gorbachev: VS hits back at Pinarayi

Mar 01, 2009
Even as the Lok Sabha elections are fast approaching, the internecine war between CPI(M) politburo members V S Achuthanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan shows no sign of respite.

On Saturday, Achuthanandan gave a fitting reply to Vijayan by indirectly comparing him with Mikhail Gorbachev, who solemnised the fall of Soviet Union.

Vijayan, during the valedictory function of the Nava Kerala Yatra, had said, “Outside the party, a leader is nothing.” To buttress his point, Vijayan culled out lines from an Urdu anecdote. He cited the example of a boy who tried to collect the roaring sea into his bucket. When the water in the bucket did not generate waves, the crestfallen child was told that the water attained its full strength only when it was in the bosom of the sea. Similarly, Vijayan said, a leader gained support when he remained within a party.

Achuthanandan, borrowing the lines from his rival, said at a function in Thrissur, “The storm named Gorbachev that emerged from the great sea, Soviet Union, finally destroyed the sea itself. Now, that same storm is hitting Kerala. The progressive forces in the state should guard against attempts to dry up our seas. Otherwise, the water in the bucket would have an altogether different story to tell,” he said

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