Abdullakutty expelled from party

Mverick 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....

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: March 8, 2009 1:24 am

Mverick 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 having exhorted party-ruled Kerala to emulate the development model of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Reacting to the development,Abdullakutty 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 and added that a section of party leaders in Kannur had been constantly harassing him.

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

The party expelled Abdullakutty a day after he hinted against return to the party after the suspension period of one year. 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.

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 several times challenged the party policy even during the suspension period. He betrayed the party after enjoying all facilities as the CPI(M) MP,” said a party release.

Straying away from the party line has always been associated with Abdullakutty. In 2007,he performed pre-Hajj Umra at Mecca 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 modes of agitation hampered the state’s growth. The MP was publicly censured in July 2008.

While Communists are 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 godmen in Kerala.

In September 2008,he asked the party to change its stand on religion in the same manner it had on private investment and parliamentary democracy.

In December 2008,Abdullakutty praised Narendra Modi’s developmental initiatives,without pardoning his “communal policies”.

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.

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