Cong welcomes Ali`s resignation, Pinarayi refuses to comment

Congress in Kerala today welcomed CPI-M backed independent MLA Manhalamkuzhi Ali`s decision to quit the Assembly over differences with party leadership.

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 18:30 PM IST

Thiruvananathapuram: Congress in Kerala today
welcomed CPI-M backed independent MLA Manhalamkuzhi Ali`s
decision to quit the Assembly over differences with party
leadership even as state CPI-M Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan
refused to comment on the resignation.

"Move away. You (media) won`t get a single line," a sombre
Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Kottayam in response to
queries on Ali`s resignation.

Welcoming Ali`s decision to leave the Left fold, KPCC
President Ramesh Chennithala said that it was the result of
the internal wrangles in the CPI-M.

With Ali quitting the assembly, it had once again been
proved that democracy had no place in CPI-M, he said.

Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy said Ali`s decision would
help the UDF in the coming civic polls. Chandy said UDF would
register an impressive victory in the polls.

CPI-M leader and former MP, T K Hamsa said Ali had
betrayed the party. Ali had chosen to quit the assembly after
making gains using the party`s support, he said.

Senior CPI-M leader and state Minister for Local
Self-Governance Paloli Mohammed Kutty said he was at a loss to
know what wrong his party had done to Ali in the last ten
years for him to take such a decision. "Our party will not be
affected in any way by this," he said.

Meanwhile, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) extended
another open invitation for Ali to join the party. IUML
General Secretary P K Kunhalikutty told reporters in
Malappuram that Ali was always welcome to join his party.

Ali, businessman and a popular figure among Muslim
community in Malappuram, had won twice with the support of the
Left from Mankada, which was once a League bastion. Though he
first lost to K P A Majeed in 1996, he defeated the latter in
2001 and M K Muneer in 2006.

Ali has also decided to quit all posts he was given by
the ruling Front including the directorship of NORKA-Roots and
Chairman of Pravasi Sangham.

PTI