CPI-M independent MLA quits Assembly

Causing embarrassment to ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala ahead of the civic polls, party-backed independent MLA Manhalamkuzhi Ali Monday announced his resignation as member of the House.

Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 13:02 PM IST

Malappuram: Causing embarrassment to
ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala ahead of the civic elections,
party-backed independent MLA Manhalamkuzhi Ali, representing
Mankada in Malappuram district in the Kerala assembly, today
announced his resignation as member of the House following
differences with the party leadership.

Ali, who was having a strained relationship with the
official leadership of the state CPI-M for the last few
months, told reporters here that he was no longer prepared to
bear the insulting remarks made against him by CPI-M leaders
in the recent past.

The resignation letter would be handed over to the
Speaker K Radhakrishnan soon, he said.

He said the CPI-M leadership had been trying to isolate
him in the party and he was not being invited for any
functions. "I have become a victim of factionalism in CPI-M
though I am not part of any group," he said.

CPI-M leaders including Minister for Self Governance
Paloli Mohammed Kutty and V Vijayaraghavan MP had recently
come out against Ali, saying that a `businessman` like Ali
could not destroy the party in the state. They had also gone
on record that Ali was acting against the party`s interests in
Malappuram district.

With differences between CPI-M and Ali coming out in the
open, the IUML had recently welcomed him to their fold.

Ali, who defeated senior IUML leader and former minister
M K Muneer in the last assembly polls, was then roped in by
the CPI-M as part of its plans to strengthen support base
among the minority communities.

The businessman-cum-social worker, Ali was known to be
close to Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and not on good
terms with the Pinarayi Vijayan faction which controls the
CPI-M in the state.

To a question, Ali said he had high regard for V S
Achuthanandan as Chief Minister and during his earlier stint as Opposition Leader.
Without specifying his future plans, the businessman-cum-
social worker said differences between UDF and LDF was fast
narrowing down. "LDF has one policy while in the government
and a different one when they are in Opposition," Ali said.
Ali is the third prominent face to come out of the CPI-M
citing differences of opinion with the party after former MPs
A P Abdullakutty (Kannur) and K S Manoj (Alappuzha) in the
last one year. Abdullakutty later joined the Congress was
elected to Kerala assembly in the Kannur by-poll, while Manoj
recently took Congress membership.

PTI