The communists and their dirty money!

"The other principal source of the CPM's income — the "levy" each member must pay the party every month, quarter or year depending on his pattern of earning — nearly tripled from Rs 6.17 crore in 2001-02 to Rs 16.77 crore in 2005-06. In the one year between March 31, 2005, and March 31, 2006, its levy collection rose by over 30 per cent."

   The euphemism "Levy" is something the autorikshaw drivers of Kolkata are pretty well exposed to. One has to just go to Kolkata to see the scientific extortion business of Communist Party of India Marxist (CPM). It is something like this... any autorikshaw driver plying a route (say the route going from tollygunge tram station to say, Malancha cinema) should pay a part of his income every day to the local CPM office and renew his "certificate". In case any autorikshaw doesn't display the "certificate" on its windshield, it won't be allowed by CPM goons to ply the street. This being the case of the metropolitan Kolkata, one can only imagine what happens in the rural hinterland. So much for the party of the proletariat. One can without loss of essence rename it as the party of the extorted money of the proletariat.
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