Thiruvananthapuram: Whistleblower website WikiLeaks claims that CPM that is known for its strong anti-US bearing, in August 2008, top CPM leaders in Kerala sought a senior US diplomat’s help in attracting private investment from America. This was just a month after the Left withdrew its support to the UPA government over the Indo-US nuclear deal.
WikiLeaks asserts that according to cables sent by the US Political Counsellor, and then Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan told the visiting American diplomat about the CPM’s interest in attracting US investment to Kerala.
The cables sent to the US State Department also quote Achuthanandan’s rival and CPM State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan as saying that “We have no problems with American companies, no hesitations at all.”
The secret cables also state that Vijayan’s close aides and senior CPM leaders Thomas Isaac and MA Baby made forceful efforts to persuade the US official that Leninist economic principles allow FDI.
The party has now defended its stand. TM Thomas Isaac, a CPM Central Committee member said that “Whatever position we took during the discussions with US delegates was according to our party line.”
KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala said that “It has become a fashion for the CPM to attack the US on all issues. Then, it wants investments from private business houses in America. This shows the party’s double standards.”