Great Drama At The Great Hall Of The People

No one knows the truth, the CCP is most unlikely to explain it and Hu Jintao will not be allowed to open his mouth, neither his statement will be made public

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Pamode Mallik
Pamode Mallik
is former BBC Producer and a commentator on international affairs.

It is difficult to explain why and how the two-time General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and the former President of the Country Hu Jintao was led out of the podium of the party Congress. The CCP meetings are highly choreographed and it is most unlikely that something happened suddenly and Hu Jintao was led out by a marshal who picked him up from his chair. It can be seen that two marshals went to the former president, said something, picked him up by arms and removed him from his chair. Hu Jintao can be seen protesting, talking to present supremo Xi Jinping, trying to hold a piece of paper, resisted by the CCP Secretary General. He also told Xi something and patted Prime Minister Li Keqiang. He was reluctant to leave, he protested, but the 79-year-old leader was led out, most possibly by force.

It can not be ruled out at the same time the 79-year-old former Chinese president fell ill suddenly as he was sick. But he is seen protesting and talking to Xi Jinping. All this happened in front of cameras and in the presence of the world press.

Xi Jinping systematically removed or sidelined all of his opponents, particularly the Shanghai Gang or the ‘tuanpai group. Besides Hu Jintao, his predecessor Jiang Zemin and former CCP first Secretary Zheng Qinghong were important members of the so-called Shanghai Gang.

Xi Jinping represented the group of the ‘princelings’ or the children of the revolutionaries.

There has been a continuous clash between the two groups in the power struggle and Xi Jinping has succeeded in crushing the rival group ruthlessly. After he got full control of the party and the administration and got the nod for the third term, Xi Jinping might have thought it appropriate to send an extremely strong signal to the party and all of the possible dissenters.

But again, the 79-year-old leader was looking pale and weak, all of his hair was grey. He might have suffered suddenly though he did not show any signal of the same.

No one knows the truth, the CCP is most unlikely to explain it and Hu Jintao will not be allowed to open his mouth, neither his statement will be made public.

It is difficult to know the truth, the iron curtain is still there, perhaps longer and stronger than the Great Wall of China.

Pamode Mallik
Pamode Mallik
is former BBC Producer and a commentator on international affairs.

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