Manjalamkuzhi Ali distances from LDF

Ahead of the civic polls, the ruling CPI-M led LDF is facing some trouble in the Kerala`s Mulsim heartland Malappuram with one its MLAs from the district Manjalamkuzhi Ali distancing from the front.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 15:05 PM IST

Malappuram: Ahead of the civic polls,
the ruling CPI-M led LDF is facing some trouble in the
Kerala`s Mulsim heartland Malappuram with one its MLAs from
the district Manjalamkuzhi Ali distancing from the front.

Ali,who defeated senior IUML leader and former minister
Dr M K Muneer in the Mankada segment 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.

If Ali quits the LDF,it is certain to be exploited by the
Congress-led LDF by linking it to the earlier desertions by
former CPI-M MPs AP Abdullakutty and K S Manoj, who were in
the past projected as the minority faces of the CPI-M in
Kerala.

Though Ali has so far refrained from speaking out against
the LDF so far, he has been keeping aloof from the civic polls
campaign of the LDF.

"I don`t want to say anything now", Ali said when his
comment was sought to reports about the possibility of his
bidding good-bye to the LDF.

However, according to sources close to Ali, he was waiting
for the civic polls over as he thought it unethical to ditch
the LDF at this juncture.

Ali`s silence has drawn sharp criticism from CPI-M leaders
including central committee member and Local Administration
Minister Paloli Muhammadkutty, who is the senior most part
leader from Malappuram.

Meanwhile, IUML general secretary P K Kunhalikutty yesterday
extended an open invitation to Ali to join his party but the
latter did not respond to it.

PTI