MV Govindan stated a reality, no need to react; we stand firm with UDF: Sadiq Ali Thangal

Malappuram: Indian Union Muslim League has once again stated that the party will remain faithful to the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala. The comments came a day after CPM state secretary MV Govindan said the League is not a communal party but a democratic organisation working for the upliftment of the community.

League state president Panakkad Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal dismissed the comments of Govindan as a reflection of public perception.

“He just stated a reality. It has no political implications beyond that. No need for IUML to react to it,” he told media persons here.

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Govindan on Friday said that CPM does not view the Muslim League as a communal party, while replying to a question from a journalist. However, he said that matters like political affiliation cannot be decided at once.

Though CPM has been hinting at a possible alliance with IUML for quite some time now, it has not invited the League publicly to LDF. However, this time, the CPM state secretary also recalled the short period of his party’s affiliation with the League during the EMS ministry in 1967.

CPM has been saying that League is dissatisfied with the position of Congress in the fight of the government against governor Arif Mohammed Khan. Besides, within hours of Govindan's presser, news of League's Rajya Sabha member VP Abdul Wahab criticising Congress’ absence in the upper house while the BJP moved a private member’s bill in the contentious uniform civil code also came out. Though IUML national general secretary PK Kunhalikutty later downplayed the comment of Wahab, it added spice to the controversy.

Months ago, LDF convenor EP Jayarajan had said that "expanding the LDF and its mass base is our policy" but added that League must first quit UDF if it wants to be considered for a berth in LDF. He received flak from both LDF and CPM for making an 'apparent invitation' to League in public.

Also, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has established direct communication link with IMUL's ideological patron Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama, lately. He cut off League in mediating with matters related to the Muslim community and holds talks with the Samastha leaders directly.

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