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Madani turns Left meet into PDP event

Madani turns Left meet into PDP event

Author: VR Jayaraj
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: March 22, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/164269/Madani-turns-Left-meet-into-PDP-event.html

Kerala CPI(M) secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday completed the baptism of Islamist Abdul Nasser Madani and his PDP into the Left by sharing the dais of an LDF election convention in the Muslim-majority Ponnani Lok Sabha constituency in Malappuram district.

Pinarayi threw all objections from the party, Left front constituents and the general public to the formalisation of an open CPI(M) alliance with PDP to the winds by declaring at Ponnani that Madani was an anti-terror crusader. "He has traveled all over Kerala spreading the message against religious terrorism," Pinarayi said.

The CPI(M)'s act of hosting a programme which, in effect, was designed to formally sanctify the Marxist-Madani political alliance, came within hours of CPI country chief AB Bardhan's statement in Delhi that the PDP was indeed a communal outfit. "Don't scare us with statements like 'here comes the communalist, here comes the terrorist.' Madani is no terrorist. We do not need anybody's certificate for that," Pinarayi said in a direct reply to the CPI.

The CPI(M) State secretary had on Friday kickstarted the exercise of baptizing Madani and his outfit by allowing PDP working chairman Poonthura Siraj to abuse RSP national general secretary TJ Chandrachoodan for terming PDP as a communal organization at a convention in Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram. At that convention, leaders of LDF partner RSP were pushed to the back row while Siraj sat in the front row with Pinarayti, hogging the limelight.

However, several older Marxist leaders admitted that the Ponnani convention with Madani sitting next to Pinarayi was a big tragedy for the party. Pinarayi inaugurated the convention with a more than 60-minute speech, but when Madani spoke afterwards, the LDF convention virtually turned into a PDP conference.

"I could not stand the sight. I think what has happened is the reverse of what Pinarayi was intending to gain with this alliance. What I felt was that the CPI(M) had fallen into levels so low that the PDP was controlling it," said an senior CPI(M) leader, who was a former State committee member.

Going back once again to his technique of using a carefully modulated voice and calculated tone designed to take the Muslim crowds into his hands, Madani spoke of the dangers of imperialism, his pains in the prison in Coimbatore, the efforts of the UDF leaders including Muslim League functionaries to get his support in the 2001 election.

However, he started his speech by showering praises on Pinarayi, obviously for his boldness to accept the PDP as a great friend rejecting the front constituents' protests. He promised not to let Pinarayi down by pledging to end his public life if any authorities ever succeeded in proving that he had terror connections.

Madani ridiculed the Congress and its ally Muslim League for calling him a terror man now. "When I was in the prison, UDF leaders from Kerala had made long marches to Coimbatore to seek my support in election. They had waited for hours on end to meet me in the prison. I will provide evidence to prove that they had approached me with request for support even in this election," he said.

Reminding the speeches during his formative days in the ISS and in the PDP after that, Madani addressed the entire crowd of LDF supporters and those on the dais including several CPI(M) heavyweights as "my children."

The convention was organized in Ponnani constituency to launch the electioneering for LDF Independent candidate Hussein Randathani, whose candidature was reportedly proposed by Madani and readily endorsed by the Marxist party. This had led to several days of standoff between the CPI(M) and the CPI, to which the LDF had allocated the Ponnani seat.

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