Citing Congress’ ‘soft Hindutva’, minister Ahamed Devarkovil asks IUML to cut ties with UDF

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Kozhikode Indian National League (INL) state president and fisheries minister Ahamed Devarkovil has invited Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) to LDF.

According to Devarkovil, it is not a favourable situation for IUML to cooperate with Congress. “For quite some time, we have been seeing that Congress is functioning as the B team (subsidiary) of BJP,” he said. Devarkovil, citing the Babri Masjid demolition, said that Congress since then has been taking a soft-Hindutva stand.

Devarkovil said the matter can be deliberated if IUML leaders show interest.

INL was formed after the masjid demolition by dissidents of IUML over differences in the approach towards Congress. Since then, they were cooperating with the LDF.

Earlier, LDF convener and former minister EP Jayrajan after sending feelers to IUML, had backtracked from his statement due to internal flak in CPM. He then maintained that no one has invited the key UDF partner to the LDF fold. Likewise, senior leader and ex-minister Thomas Issac had praised IUML’s P K Kunhalikutty on Facebook, which was deemed as bond between both parties.

However, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan then clarified that his party has no plans to cooperate with IUML. “We have no plans to hold any talks with the League. Religious minorities have been showing allegiance towards the left front. Hence, the party will take effort to utilise it maximum,” he said.

Even IUML dismissed the speculations that they are eyeing an alliance with LDF. Devarkovil’s present statement gives new momentum for the speculations that were dormant.

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