The CPM on Saturday suspended for one year its maverick MP A P Abdullakutty for breaching party policy by repeatedly exhorting the Kerala Government to emulate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for attracting investment. The party cracked the whip on the two-time MP,who represents the communist bastion of Kannur,after he repeatedly strayed from the official party line on bandh and religion.
I am really pained at the unexpected decision. I love my party and also crave for development. I talked about development from my heart. Unfortunately,the party was not convinced by my sincere stand, an emotional Abdullakutty told The Sunday Express.
It was during an expatriates seminar on development in Dubai on December 28 that the 42-year-old leader said states,including CPM-ruled Kerala,should learn from Narendra Modi on dealing with investors and ushering in development. But he gave a rider for his observation,saying that he was only acknowledging Modis skills in attracting investment to Gujarat and considered the Sangh Parivar satrap a communal fascist.
When the CPM Kannur district committee sought an explanation from him,Abdullakutty on Friday virtually shocked the party by reiterating his stand without expressing any regret for the controversial comments. He invited more trouble by publicising his reply to the party notice. I have not pardoned Modi for his communalism. But,I have given full marks for his developmental initiatives. I have made the observation on the Modi model of development with the genuine intention of creating an investor-friendly climate for the industrially-stymied Kerala. Hailing Modi for development was not an offense, Abdullakutty said in the reply.
Party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday camped at the Kannur district committee office,where the meeting of Mayyil Area Committee to which Abdullakutty belonged,was held to discuss the issue. The decision on the disciplinary action was taken by the area committee.