Muslim League likely to form state secretariat in Kerala

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Malappuram: The Constitutional Amendment Committee chaired by ET Mohammed Basheer MP recommended forming a 21-member secretariat for the Muslim League in Kerala.

The state secretariat of the league will be similar to CPM's 16-member state secretariat, including Chief Minister and State Secretary. Muslim League now has a working committee of 100 members and a state committee of around 500 members. There is also a high-level committee, including senior party leaders, to take important decisions. But the high-level committee is not mentioned in the party constitution and therefore the need to form a secretariat through a constitutional amendment.

PMA Salam, who is in-charge of the state general secretary, explained that an amendment would follow based on decisions taken during the state committee meeting in Kozhikode on October 5.

"The high-level committee is an informal platform for the party president to consult with senior leaders on important matters. It was the media that gave so much importance. However, there will still be informal discussions," he added.

Salam stated that the constitutional amendments were discussed in detail in the meeting chaired by President Panakkad Sayyid Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal on Wednesday and some members suggested the amendment.

A committee has also recommended formation of a disciplinary committee in the Muslim league, consisting of a chairman and four members. Currently, there is a disciplinary committee, but members questioned its inability to take disciplinary action against former MLA KM Shaji over his remarks against the league.

The National Working Committee, which met recently in Chennai, had accepted the proposal that there could be organizational changes at the state level. Following this, the state leadership decided to form a secretariat in Kerala.

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