CPM removes PK Jameela’s name from candidates list

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PK Jameela and AK Balan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretariat has decided not to field minister AK Balan’s wife PK Jameela from Tharoor constituency. It is reported that the state secretariat of the party will remove her name from the probable list of candidates.

Earlier, the party faced many controversies over Jameela’s candidature. In this background, the party has decided not to field her in the polls.

Jameela’s name was added to the probable list of candidates for the Tharoor constituency in an unexpected move. Jameela, who retired as health department director, has no political background.

Hence, many party members opposed her candidature. But these protests were neglected.

Many complaints were raised after Jameela’s name added to the list of candidates. Posters also appeared in various parts of the Tharoor constituency condemning Jameela’s candidature and minister AK Balan.

“Communists will react strongly if anyone tries to convert Tharoor constituency as a family property,” warned the posters.

Meanwhile, the CPM Palakkad district committee and secretariat summoned on Sunday also opposed Jameela’s candidature. The committees removed Jameela’s name from the list and added DYFI leader PP Sumod's name for Tharoor constituency.

Sumod is serving as Palakkad district president of DYFI. Earlier, the party had considered his name as candidate for Kongad constituency.

As the district committee strongly opposed Jameela’s candidature, the CPM will not field Jameela from Tharoor.

Tharoor is a constituency reserved for SC. Jameela’s name was added to the list neglecting SC leaders including Ponnukuttan.

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