IUML is third largest party in Kerala: Kunahalikutty

Thiruvananthapuram: Indian Union Muslim League a partner in the Congress-led UDF opposition coalition in Kerala, on Saturday claimed the party has become the third largest in terms of seats won in the recently held civic polls.

"The results also re-established there is no alternative to any Muslim political party, other than IUML. Congress got a total of 7235 seats in the civic bodies, CPI-M 6277 and IUML 1904," Party State General Secretary P K Kunhalikutty told reporters here.

He said the public in Kerala had rejected the 'radical' ideas of parties like PDP of Abdul Nasser Madani and SDPI, the political arm of Popular Front of India, allegedly involved in chooping off the hand of a college lecturer (for preparing a paper with alleged derogatory references to Prophet Mohamed).

Kunhalikutty pointed out that PDP and SDPI could manage only a few seats in the polls.

On the 'drubbing' poor CPI-M led LDF in the hands of UDF, he said CPI-M politics has become outdated. "The poll outcome clearly shows that the decline of LDF has started, as in the case of West Bengal," he said.

An anti-establishment wave and 'unholy tie up' with parties like PDP, SDPI and Jamait E Islami had also contributed to the LDF defeat in the civic polls, he said.

The myth created by CPI-M that they are the real champions of minorities was also broken in the last polls, he said and alleged that the CPI-M had always played the communal card during elections to get votes.

Making it clear that UDF would not have any post-poll tie up with any communal parties, Kunhalikutty said poll result was a recognition to the secular ideas upheld by IUML.

IUML maintains good relation with Congress and party did not wish for any change in the present political Front, he said.

On BJP's performance in civic polls, he said the party had not made any gains, but had performed well only in its traditional strongholds.