Samastha welcomes CPM's praise for League, agrees with call to work together to fight communalism

Kozhikode: The EK faction of Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama on Tuesday welcomed the praise of CPM state secretary MV Govindan for the Indian Union Muslim League.

Samastha secretary Umar Faizy Mukkam said that the organisation is happy about all the praise the League receives. “We want everyone to work together at a time when those in power at the Centre show signs of fascism. We made this clear earlier too,” he told media persons here.

CPM state secretary MV Govindan, last week, in a press conference, had said that the Muslim League was not a commuorganisation. It is eager to work with the League to combat communal forces. However, he later said that it was not an invitation for the IUML to join the LDF.

The words did not go well with UDF, especially Congress. IUML also distanced themselves from the “overtures” of CPM.

"We have welcomed the good moves of the LDF government and criticised decisions we did not agree with. This was our approach to the UDF as well. Whoever rules, there must be freedom to work and live independently," he said.

It may be recalled that Samastha, the ideological patron of Muslim League in Kerala, has been in good terms with CPM, especially Pinarayi Vijayan, who opened a direct communication channel with the cleric’s association. Samastha was consulted directly on several issues, denting the power of the League in mediating issues related to the community. As a result, Samastha even dismissed the call for protest by the League during the controversy over Wakf recruitment.

Faizy had courted controversy by attending the Wakf Action Council meeting in January this year. The council, started by Left-backed leaders such as TK Hamsa, MLA PTA Rahim, Indian National League and minister V Abdurahiman, aims at reclaiming the “lost properties” of the Board.

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