Making a dent into the defensive wall the CPI(M) has built around Abdul Nazer Madani,Kerala Chief Minister and Politburo member V S Achuthanandan on Wednesday said that further probe needs to be done into the terror charges against the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party has entered into an electoral understanding with the Left.
Achuthanandans refusal to give a clean chit to Madani will trigger a fresh bout of ideological war within the party,led by state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan who had openly hailed the Muslim leader as someone who fights against terrorism. Achuthanandan is the lone voice of protest in the CPI(M) against the PDP.
Achuthanandan expressed his displeasure over the party joining hands with Madani,who is yet to come clean of the charges. The party leaders should have shared dais with Madani only after giving a reasonable period for the public to change their perceptions about the PDP leader. Earlier,Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had ruled out investigations into Madanis terror links,saying that the charges were old. But I had summoned the head of the anti-terror squad who told me that more details into Madanis role in the terror network could be ascertained only after questioning Sainudheen,who is now in the custody of Karnataka Police, said Achuthanandan,during the post-Cabinet briefing.
According to police records,Sainudheen,a close aide of Indian Mujahideens founder Riyaz Bhatkal,had been a frequenter at Madanis house in Kochi. Sainudheens daughter was also staying with Madani.
Achuthanandan said,Madani could not be whitewashed for the matter that he was acquitted of the Coimbatore blast case. We cannot go by the charges raised by the BJP nor the refutation of Madani. Mere public speeches against American imperialism would not make Madani acceptable to society. He has the responsibility to come clean of the allegations, said the Chief Minister.
Reacting to Achuthanandans observations,Madani reiterated that he would welcome any probe. The PDP is not a communal organisation. The Congress has been trying to whip up communal sentiments over the PDPs support to the Left, he said in Kochi.
According to indications,the CPI(M) links with Madani is fast emerging as a poll issue in the state. The desperate attempt of the party to shore up Muslim votes is feared to create a Hindu polarisation in the state. Vellappally Nadeshan,prominent leader of the Ezhava Hindu Community,on Wednesday lambasted the alliance between the CPI(M) and the PDP. The CPI(M) should not have gone for an open understanding with the PDP. This will lead to a communal polarisation in the state, said Nadeshan. Ezhava community is a traditional vote bank of the CPI(M),especially in southern parts of Kerala.