Thiruvananathapuram: CPI-M on Monday rejected
the allegation of party-backed MLA Manhalamkuzhi Ali, who
announced his resignation from the Assembly saying that he had been
`insulted and sidelined` by the party.
Reacting to Ali`s decision at a meet-the-press programme
at Kottayam, CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the
party had given him sufficient positions and due consideration
in the last 15 years after he chose to be a part of the
Leftist forces in the state.
"We cannot read the minds of people. But going by his
remarks on UDF and LDF, it is now clear where he is going,"
Vijayan said. "Our party had at no stage tried to belittle
Ali," he said.
Ruling LDF convenor Vaikom Viswan said there could be
vested interests behind Ali`s decision as he had not explained
the reason for the resignation.
Meanwhile, the Congress in Kerala welcomed Ali`s decision
to quit the assembly over differences with CPI-M leadership
and IUML general secretary P K Kunhalikutty openly invited
Ali to his party.
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said that Ali`s
resignation was a reflection 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 that party, he said.
Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy said Ali`s decision
would help the UDF in the coming civic polls.
Stating that Ali had betrayed the CPI-M, former party MP
T K Hamsa said he had chosen to quit the assembly after making
gains using the party`s support.
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.
CPI-M central secretariat member A Vijayaraghavan MP said
Ali had of late been waiting for a chance to get into the UDF.
Vijayaraghavan said he had recently criticised Ali as the
latter was encouraging certain people to contest against LDF
candidates in the civic polls in Malappuram district.
Ali, businessman and a popular figure among Muslim
community in Malappuram, announced his decision to quit the
assembly seat at a press conference held at Malappuram
earlier in the day, citing differences with the party
He had won twice with the support of the Left from
Mankada, which was once a League bastion. Though he lost his
first battle in Mankada 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.