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Divided communists celebrate undivided party govt's jubilee

April 03, 2007 16:33 IST

It was an undivided Communist Party that formed the World's first democratically elected Communist government when it came to power in Kerala in 1957, and today it is the divided Communist party that celebrates the golden jubilee of that government.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Communist Party of India, the two communist parties formed of a split after the first government in Kerala, had charted out various programmes in their own capacity to make the celebrations a great event.

While the CPI-M has chalked out programmes in the district-level rather than going for a state-level function, the CPI is organising programmes at the state-level. The two parties, besides conducting seminars and public meetings, will honour the members, who were in the first assembly.

The CPI-M commenced its celebrations from March 31 in all districts. It had planned elaborate cultural programmes, seminars, photo exhibitions, public meetings and honouring of eminent communists.

CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat will preside over the valedictory of the golden jubilee celebrations on April 5 in the state capital.

The CPI, which had also started its celebrations, will hold a public meeting on Thursday at Thrissur, in which party state secretary and a member of the first communist government Veliyam Bhargavan will participate.

The party will conduct several programmes like seminars, public meetings in all the districts from April 5 to 12. A public meeting will be held in Thiruvananthapuram on April 12.

On the CPI-M going alone with its celebrations, CPI sources said the festivity could have been held in a more splendid way if it was conducted jointly.  

"But the CPI-M had charted out the programmes well in advance and we had met a bit late," CPI said, stressing that there was no conflict with its ruling partner on this account.

The pro-CPI youth wing All India Youth Federation had already announced year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first communist government. The celebration was inaugurated at Ernakulam on March 24