CPM sacks its Kerala MP for praising Modi model

Maverick CPI(M) MP from Kerala A P Abdullakutty was sacked from the party on Saturday on charges of repeatedly violating party discipline.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthpuram | Published: March 8, 2009 5:21 am

Abdullakutty had been suspended from the party in January this year

Maverick CPI(M) MP from Kerala A P Abdullakutty was sacked from the party on Saturday on charges of repeatedly violating party discipline. The MP from Kannur has been under suspension since January 2009 for exhorting the party-ruled Kerala to emulate the development model of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The party expelled Abdullakutty a day after he hinted against return to the party after the suspension period.

Expressing displeasure over the neglect from the party machinery,the two-time MP had also patted the Congress for giving due respect to its parliamentarians. He did not renew the party membership,bracing up for a showdown with the leadership.

Reacting to his ouster,CPI(M) Kannur district secretary P Sasi said even after the suspension,Abdullakutty had attempted to show the party in a poor light. “He spoiled the chances of a comeback by repeatedly joining hands with party enemies and supporting their stands. Defiance of party line had become a fashion for Abdullakutty. He had several times challenged the party policy even during the suspension period. He had betrayed the party after enjoying all facilities as the CPI(M) MP,” said a party release.

Sounding disappointed,Abdullakutty said a section of party leaders in Kannur has been constantly harassing him. “Party acted towards me like a father who persecutes his son after feeding his stomach full,” he said,adding that he was yet to make up his mind on future political plans.

He said he would join another mainstream party,but did not name it. “I would move to a party that ensures intra-party democracy and freedom of expression,” he said.

Courting controversies and straying away from the party line has always been associated with Abdullakutty. He performed pre-Hajj Umra at Mecca in 2007,without party sanction. But escaped action as the party feared backlash from the Muslim community.

He spoke against the recurring malady of bandh. He said bandh and similar mode of agitation had hampered the state’s growth. The MP was publicly censured in July 2008. When Communists were ideologically opposed to astrology and superstitions,Abdullakutty turned to Nadi astrology,the art of reading one’s destiny from thumbs. He had gone to a Tamil Nadu village,the seat of Nadi astrology,in June 2008,soon after the party drive against fake god men in Kerala.

In September 2008,he asked the party to change its stand on religion in the same manner it had done towards private investment and parliamentary democracy. He wanted more believers to come into the Communist fold. In December 2008,Abdullakutty praised Narendra Modi’s developmental initiatives. Modi model of development was given full marks,without pardoning his “communal policies”.

A day after suspension,Abdullakutty attended a function of a Muslim body and spoke against bandh. In another function,he said Indian Union Muslim League was a secular party,which kept extremism at bay.

On the SNC Lavalin case,Abdullakutty did not spare even party general secretary Prakash Karat. The MP said Karat had committed the second historical blunder by delaying the Politburo meeting on Lavalin.

Meanwhile,Kerala PCC general secretary K Sudhakaran said the Congress would welcome Abdullakutty if he was willing to join the party.

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