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CPM shares dais with Madani: Fissures in LDF

CPM shares dais with Madani: Fissures in LDF

Author: VR Jayaraj
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: March 23, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/164536/CPM-shares-dais-with-Madani-Fissures-in-LDF.html

The poll alliance forged by the official leadership of the Kerala CPI(M) with the PDP of Abdul Nasser Madani has worsened the divisionism in the Marxist party and also caused deep fissures in the party-led ruling LDF.

After the standoff between the CPI(M) and the CPI over the right to contest the Ponnani Lok Sabha seat, the sharing of the platforms of LDF election conventions by CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and PDP leaders and the way they openly humiliate the leaders of LDF constituents have led to strong protests in the front.

Pinarayi had shared the dais with PDP chief Abdul Nasser Madani, whom most sections of the Kerala society still see as leader of a pro-extremist outfit, at Ponnani on Saturday and with his deputy Poonthura Siraj at Attingal on Friday. Siraj had caused discomfort among the LDF partners by making derogatory remarks against RSP national chief TJ Chandrachoodan from the LDF venue in the presence of Pinarayi and other front leaders.

CPI State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan on Sunday reacted sharply to Siraj's statement asking what right he had to talk like that. CPI national general secretary AB Bardhan had on Friday termed Madani's PDP as a communal party, but Pinarayi and associates still chose to go ahead with the new alliance with Madani, against whom reports of terror links abounded.

The enthusiasm of CPI(M)'s Pinarayi faction in establishing electoral ties with Madani's party is also causing disruptions in the fragile peace now being felt inside the Marxist party. According to sources, Pinarayi's arch rival and State Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan has given strict instructions that PDP activists should not be allowed to participate in the poll programmes he is participating in.

While Pinarayi shared the dais with PDP leaders at Ponnani and Attingal in the presence of thousands of PDP workers, not even a single PDP worker was seen at the election conventions that Achuthanandan inaugurated in Mavelikkara, Alathur and Palakkad constituencies. Achuthanandan had already said that he would look into the reports about Madani's alleged terror links and had even summoned DIG TK Vinod Kumar, head of the Kerala Police's Anti-Terror Squad to inquire about the progress of the investigations into terror operations inside the State.

Sources in the CPI(M) said that Pinarayi's programme of enforcing his "arbitrary decisions" on the party would lead to yet another explosion in the organisation. They said Achuthanandan was lying low for the time being to abide by the central leadership's instruction not to cause hiccups with his moves on the SNC Lavalin corruption scandal, in which the CBI was waiting to make Pinarayi one of the key accused.

"Pinarayi and his loyalists in the party are trying to argue that the CPI(M) was united in roping in Madani as its associate. This is not true. Even several of his own loyalists are strongly opposed to this new marriage. But they are afraid to speak out concerned about the consequences. However, the protests would soon reach a flashpoint," said a member of the CPI(M)'s Ernakulam district committee.

He said that the CPI was not acting tough now just because of their frailty and due to their decision not to create further problems till the elections were over. "Veliyam has already hinted that his actual reaction to the alliance would come after the elections. The RSP, which was humiliated by Madani's lieutenant, would also raise its voice. And if we lose Ponnani even after all these alliances, the fight within the party and the front would be real hot," he added.

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