When Tom Vadakkan followed many other Congress leaders including several former union ministers and chief ministers to join BJP, CPIM cadres had a field day on social media. But it soon changed to defence mode when they had to reply for the posts on their leaders joining the BJP.
Congress and IUML workers actively shared the posters claiming that Maharashtra CPIM state secretary Narasayya Adam and Kerala ‘state committee member Rajan’ joined BJP.
Rajasthan MLAs photos were shared along with a description that they too joined the saffron party.
One poster said former minister Viswanadha Menon, Union Minister Alphonse Kannanthanam, BJP leader C K Padmanabhan, and a Raji Prasad are CPIM leaders who joined BJP.
West Bengal MLA Khagen Murmu’s name also appeared at most of the places.
To start with the ‘real’ one, West Bengal CPIM MLA Khagen Murmu indeed joined BJP along with MLAs from Trinamool Congress and Congress on Thursday.
Except this, all other names in the BJP-joining-list are either half-truth or fake.
CPIM, in fact, took action against Maharashtra CPIM state secretary Narasayya Adam who praised Narendra Modi in an event. But he did not quit the party, let alone joining BJP.
And there is no Rajan in the present state committee of CPIM. The photo shared along with this post is of a Sreenagari Rajan from Kattappana. He was dismissed from CPIM 18 years ago following funds fraud, says the party workers. He later joined BJP.
Rajasthan CPIM MLAs joining BJP is also fake news. This is not the first time fake news on them being shared widely. Soon after the elections, Congress workers said that both the MLAs voted for BJP in the Speaker elections. A Congress representative reiterated this in a channel discussion as well. No election to the Speaker post had taken place at that time.
Viswanadha Menon was a minister in the Nayanar ministry in 1987. He contested in 2003 Lok Sabha by-election with the support of CPIM rebels. BJP backed him in the poll. But he never joined BJP.
Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam was never a CPIM member. He contested in the Assembly polls from Kanjirappilly as an independent candidate, backed by LDF. In 2011 amidst campaign at Poonjar constituency, he announced his resignation from the Assembly. He later joined the BJP.
C K Padmanabhan and a Raji Prasad, the other two in the list were also never CPIM members. Both of them are Sangh Parivar cadres.
However, CPIM workers are tired of explaining this as the impact of fake news is much higher than an explanation to it.