independent MLA Manjalamkuzhi Ali submitted his resignation
letter to the office of Speaker K Radhakrishnan.
The letter was delivered through the MLA`s personal
assistant to the secretary of the Speaker in the morning,
sources at the Speaker`s office said.
Ali, who represented Mankada in Malappuram district for
the last two terms, had announced his resignation on October
11, citing differences with the CPI-M leadership.
During the last few months, Ali was having a strained
relationship with the official leadership of the state CPI-M.
While announcing the resignation, Ali had said that he was
`humiliated` by party leaders.
A 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.
Both the Congress and Indian Union Muslim League had
hailed Ali`s decision. IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty had
extended an open invitation to Ali to join his party.
The resignation of Ali is seen by political analysts as
yet another setback to the CPI-M`s plans in Kerala to strengthen support among minorities.
Earlier, former Members of Parliament A P Abdullakutty
(Kannur) and K S Manoj (Alappuzha) had left the party and
joined the Congress questioning the party`s policies on vital
issues including that of faith.