Kozhikode: A criticism was raised in the state leadership meeting of Muslim League that the leaders was firm on fielding K M Shaji in Azhikode constituency even when the CPM continued political attack on him. The matter was first brought for discussion by Shaji himself.
Shaji said in the meeting that he had informed the leadership that he was not interested to contest from Azhikode as he was sure of defeat. However, they asked him to contest from the same seat.
The veteran leaders who spoke after this also supported this view. Shaji’s failure was a major setback for the party. It is learnt that P K Kunhalikutty admitted in the meeting of lapses from their part and they accept the criticism.
Another criticism was about appointing PMA Salam as the party general secretary replacing KPA Majeed. It was the state council that selected KPA Majeed. But he was replaced with the decision of only a few leaders. So, he should be brought back to the post. Then the new secretary should be decided by the council, P M Sadiq Ali and other leaders demanded.
The return of Kunhalikutty was inevitable. But CPM campaigned that he will be made the deputy chief minister and the UDF will be ruled by the League. The party failed to counter this allegation. Thus his return turned out to be a major setback for the party, the leaders opined.
A meeting of party office-bearers will convene soon to discuss the recommendations of the sub-committee which was appointed to study about the poll debacle. The final decision will be taken only after this. Apart from the sub-committee, probe commissions will be appointed in every constituency.