'Transparency mere rhetoric'

'Transparency mere rhetoric'

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for transparent political funding as “mere rhetoric”.

He was briefing reporters here on the CPM’s three-day Central Committee meeting that concluded on Sunday.

“What is the cost of his (Modi’s) recent rally in Lucknow? He wants transparency, let him begin with himself. Who funded BJP’s 2014 campaign? Will the PM accept the CPM’s suggestion to ban all corporate donations to political parties?” Yechury asked.

V S reprimanded

The CPM Central Committee approved the Politburo Commission’s report that discussed past incidents of “indiscipline” by party veteran and former chief minister V S Achuthanandan.

Being one of the party’s founders and “inspiration for many generations”, the CPM expected Achuthanandan to adhere to party norms, Yechury said.

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