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CPM MP suspended for praising Modi

CPM MP suspended for praising Modi

Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: NDTV.com
Date: January 17, 2009
URL: http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20090080416#

Acting tough for refusing to fall in line with the party stand, CPM suspended its MP from Kannur A P Abdullakutty on Saturday. Abdullakutty had defended his remarks praising the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's development model.

The one-year suspension was slapped on the 43-year-old two-term MP by the Mayyil area committee of the party which met at CPM Kannur district headquarters, a day after Abdullakutty issued a detailed statement standing by what he had said.

In his reply to the explanation sought by the party, Abdullakutty had said he saw merit in Modi's efforts to create an investor-friendly atmosphere, while continuing to be opposed to the BJP leader's "communal agenda and anti-minority stance".

Abdullakutty, who earlier embarrassed the party by speaking against hartals and by openly performing Eid Namaz at an Idgah, said when he praised Modi, his intention was to trigger a positive debate on development.

Abdullakutty also rejected the argument that his praising Modi would distance Muslims from the party, holding it was the Muslim community which was eager to have an investment-friendly climate in Kerala.

He said he had received kudos from Muslim friends for speaking about the development culture in Gujarat, while on a visit to Dubai last month.

Abdullakutty, who came to politics through the party's student wing SFI, was projected as the CPM's minority face in north Kerala. When Abdullakutty wrested the Kannur seat for the party in 1998 from Congress which held it for long, it was widely seen as a result of the party getting a good chunk of minority votes in the area.

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